Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys

Perugia, Italy

The Development Data Group Survey Unit (DECSU) and the Fragile, Conflict and Violence CCSA are jointly sponsoring a series of workshops on how to collect and analyze information on conflict and violence using household surveys for staff members of national statistical organizations (NSOs). The first training course was held on March 19-23, 2018 at the Bank of Italy regional training center in Perugia, Italy. Participants represented multiple NSOs from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. The presenters were from the World Bank, the International Security and Development Center (ISDC), the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS), and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Conflict and violence are critical development challenges, and often a direct cause of forced displacement. Understanding the dynamics of conflicts and providing government and partners with useful information to better handle the challenges caused by conflicts are crucial. The training centered on the Conflict Exposure Module (CEM) which was developed in response to the needs of national statistical offices (NSOs) for information on how conflict is affecting the well-being of households in their own countries, as well as neighbouring ones. It represented a great opportunity for a deeper discussion on how to improve official statistics to better reflect the effects of crises exposure and inform policy-making.

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