Paper: Representative Humanitarian Data Collection: Female Participation for Better Data on Migration and Internal Displacement

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Paper authors Nikki Herwanger, Alexandra Bate
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This paper looks specifically at how the equal representation of men and women in data collection teams affects the availability of humanitarian data that can influence response capacity. Analysing data collection practices from the International Organization for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix in five case study countries, this study seeks to harness the value of practitioners’ expertise to examine both the obstacles and enablers for female participation in the data collection process. This research will ask how approaches and methodologies can influence who is heard and counted in humanitarian data, and who is overlooked. The overall objective is to understand the gender-specific implications for such considerations (or lack thereof) on programming efforts. Furthermore, we seek to highlight the benefits that such participation can bring to the content and quality of collected data.