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Bridging a Data Gap: Estimating the cost of internal displacement in Africa with modelled projections


IDMC published its first estimates of the economic impact of internal displacement in eight countries in February 2019, using secondary data analysis to measure the cost of meeting the needs of internally displaced people (IDPs) in terms of health, education, security, housing and livelihoods. Country-specific data was mostly found in Humanitarian Response Plans and other reports, which limited the analysis to countries where such reports are available.

This paper proposes two methodological approaches to compiling estimates in countries for which there is no secondary data. These methods and the results they yield help to bridge a major knowledge gap on the consequences of internal displacement for economies.

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