Strategy – JIPS – Joint IDP Profiling Service

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Behind everything JIPS does lies its vision of a world in which internally displaced persons can progress towards durable solutions and live in dignity while doing so. To this end, our mission is to bring governments and international and local actors together to jointly generate and use evidence that supports displaced and host communities to reach durable solutions.

Field-focused and committed to enhancing local ownership and capacity, we do so by facilitating collective data efforts, developing the capacities of relevant stakeholders in-country, and shaping global practice and standards. Take a deeper dive into who JIPS is, how we work, our value added in an increasingly complex landscape regarding displacement data: check out the JIPS Strategy 2021-23.


Building on the progress made over the last twelve years, and on our comparative advantage within the evolving data landscape that we navigate in at the global and country levels, we see four key areas with persistent challenges that will need to be overcome for displacement data to drive solutions for internally displaced persons.

Progress in all four areas will be facilitated by engaging in complementary efforts with our current strategic partners and by forging new partnerships. These will include national and local governments as well as national statistical offices (NSOs), UN agencies and civil society from the humanitarian and development realm, and actors from the urban context, academia, donors, and – importantly – displacement-affected communities themselves.

  • GOAL 1: Enable nationally owned evidence on internal displacement
  • GOAL 2: Enable collective and responsible efforts on displacement data at the field level
  • GOAL 3: Leverage the wider context and inform conducive environments for solutions through evidence
  • GOAL 4: Enable the effective use of data in policies and programmes addressing internal displacement

Who we are

We are an interagency technical service established in 2009 to promote and facilitate collective efforts in generating and using displacement data. A globally recognised impartial broker, we are free from political, operational or sectoral agendas. Building on 12+ years of continuous delivery of field support, we have developed unique expertise in developing national capacity and leadership and in facilitating collective and coordinated efforts to improve the quality, availability and use of evidence on protracted displacement, durable solutions, urban displacement, and statistics on internally displaced persons.

Our expert and multi-disciplinary team draws on extensive field experience in diverse displacement contexts and possesses a unique combination of technical, political and mediation skills, to drive change in the contexts we support and in the global discussions we inform.

How we work

Our work is guided by the following principles:

  • Collaborative: We help partners break down silos and foster joint efforts in the most complex contexts, through our unique portfolio of services that establish and sustain collaboration around data.
  • Human-centred: We put displacement-affected communities at the centre of our efforts, by ensuring that data reflects their realities and aspirations for the future and by engaging them in the data process.
  • Complementary: We build on and complement existing expertise and information systems, acknowledging that we are part of a wider community that works to improve the evidence base on displacement.
  • Ethical: Our work on data production and use is guided by the principles of protection information management (PIM) and the imperative to share and use data responsibly.
  • Transparent: We document and share lessons at all stages of the data life cycle through open dialogue with our partners.

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