Today, OCHA and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Philippines launched the Mindanao Displacement Snapshot, an interactive online map that provides an overview of displacement incidents in Mindanao, Philippines from January 2012 to June 2017. The displacement incidents range from armed conflict to natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes and typhoons.
The collaborative project combines data collected by UNHCR from the field, Protection Cluster members and official reports from the Philippine government and Mindanao local authorities, with interactive software that will be hosted on Humanitarian Data Exchange. “More than just numbers and data, sharing vital information of the displaced will help humanitarian actors in assessing and monitoring of vulnerable communities,” said Yasser Saad, UNHCR Head of National Office.
The Humanitarian Data Exchange is an open platform hosted by OCHA for sharing data, making humanitarian information easy to find and use for analysis. “The interactive snapshot provides an at-a-glance insight into patterns and trends of displacement in Mindanao. It presents a challenging issue such as protracted displacement in an interactive way that engages a wider audience.” said Mark Bidder, OCHA Philippines Head of Office.
The launch of the humanitarian map coincides with the release of a new global study commissioned by OCHA. Breaking the Impasse: Reducing Protracted Internal Displacement as a Collective Outcome comes at a time when the numbers of those repeatedly displaced by over four decades of conflict in Mindanao are again increasing and is underscored by the conflict in Marawi City.
The study highlights the need for a new approach –using collective outcomes to end or reduce vulnerability for IDPs and move towards durable solutions– and offers concrete recommendations to guide Governments, humanitarian and development organizations and donors. Case studies including from the Philippines illustrate the challenges and opportunities of attaining sustainable return, local integration or relocation for those who have been displaced either by disaster or conflict.