Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys - MENA

Perugia, Italy

The Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Cross Cutting Solutions Area (FCV CCSA) and the Development Data Group Survey Unit (DECSU) held the second of three planned workshops on “Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys” in Perugia, Italy on 10-14 September 2018.These workshops are funded by the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building.

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 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 neighboring 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.

Participants represented multiple NSOs from the Middle East and North Africa, including Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Djibouti, and Lebanon. The presenters were from organizations that work in the area of conflict, refugees and internally displaced persons. These included 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).