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World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2015

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This publication highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their causes and drivers, and participation in crisis prevention, response and recovery. Beyond providing statistics, the trend analysis shows how the humanitarian landscape is evolving and how the humanitarian system can be more effective in a rapidly changing world. Data used in the report comes from a variety of sourcess. Highlights for 2015 include case studies on long-term trend analysis of the humanitarian context in terms of conflicts and natural disasters, the humanitarian footprint in the Middle East, coordination of online volunteers during the Ebola response and the anatomy of cycles of displacement.

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The data deficit: the case of East Africa

Accurate data is crucial in humanitarian response. Data contributes to planning processes by showing gaps in national capacities, supporting rapid decisions by reflecting humanitarian need and providing the evidence base for advocacy. Lack of data has implications for gaining an accurate understanding of regional vulnerability. OCHA’s Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) team established a Data Lab in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2014 to offer data services to partners and connect data from across the region. One of its first projects was a data-hunting exercise to collect information on 43 indicators at the state level across 10 countries (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda).

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