A technical workshop considering issues related to collecting data on persons with disabilities in humanitarian contexts was organized jointly by UNICEF, Handicap International, the International Disability Alliance, the Washington Group on Disability Statistics and
Information Management (IM) enables situational understanding, coordination, strategic and operational decision making, accountability, advocacy, and fundraising. The focus of the information management workshop was on redefining humanitarian information management, identifying key services and features of an enhanced modus operandi and outlining an action plan for improving humanitarian information management. A number of broad conclusions were drawn from the workshop, which are summarized in an overarching statement, along with specific recommendations for action:
Numerous challenges in information management arise during a major disaster or conflict. An example of such a challenge is the accuracy of data collection for recording damage to housing, infrastructure, and services or tracking displaced populations, distributing massive influx of humanitarian supplies, and coordinating the work in and between clusters as well as dozens of agencies outside the cluster approach. Baseline and post disaster information is collected and controlled by many autonomous actors, including national authorities, many of whom may be working together for the first time.
The guidance is intended for use at the country level to help Cluster/Sector leads, OCHA and humanitarian partners to ensure that relevant information in a humanitarian emergency is provided to the right person at the right time. It is also to ensure that the information is presented in a useful format to facilitate situational understanding and decision-making. The product presents who is responsible for information management in emergencies.