Partner Spotlight: Developing Indicators on Displacement for Disaster Risk Reduction

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) are working together in partnership with key governmental and non-governmental counterparts to develop a tested set of standard displacement-related metrics and indicators which will strengthen the ability of DRR actors to integrate displacement in their work.

Displacement, whether short and long-term, short and long-distance, managed or spontaneous, is a key impact of hazards, often acting as a multiplier of their impacts and a source of further vulnerability. It is therefore the focus of an increasing number of disaster-related policy and operational efforts at national and regional levels, as well as mentioned in the objectives outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. However, no displacement-related metric is currently included among the indicators that countries use to monitor progress against the risk reduction objectives of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.



In order to attempt to fill this gap, IOM and IDMC are launching a joint project to:


  • Take stock of relevant actors, methodological approaches, data sources and worked carried out so far;

  • Develop a set of draft indicators that can help monitor disaster displacement, its impacts and related risks, to be integrated in disaster-related assessment and monitoring processes;

  • In collaboration with governmental and international counterparts, pilot the draft set of indicators through existing DRR information systems and reporting mechanisms.


Workplan and approach

The activities will be carried out in 2 phases:

  1. Publication of 2 reports 

    - a “baseline” report, mapping existing data sources, approaches and efforts;

    - an “indicators” report, with a list of pilot indicators on displacement for DRR.

  2. Pilot implementation of the set of indicators

Phase 1 will be completed, and the reports will be presented, in the lead up to the Global Platform for DRR 2022 (May 2022). Phase 2 will follow up starting in the second semester of 2022.

At the same time, IOM and IDMC, with their country offices and partners, will engage governmental counterparts to include this work in relevant discussions on DRR.



List of collaborating partners

  • American Red Cross

  • Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) Indonesia

  • Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) Florida Atlantic University

  • Georgia State University

  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD)

  • South American Network for Environmental Migrations (RESAMA) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

  • University of Sussex

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Engagement of external partners is still ongoing and this list reflects the project status as of December 2021.

Call for partners

IOM and IDMC are expecting to involve relevant governmental actors from selected countries, experts from academic and research institutions in these activities. As part of the preliminary stage, the project leads will establish a working group, which will convene monthly and contribute to the stocktaking exercise, the development of indicators, and the drafting of relevant reports.

IOM and IDMC are calling for all interested partners (experts and practitioners from governmental, international, and research and academic actors) to share their interest in being engaged in this project.

Please share your contact information here.