Profiling of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) begins

Displaced children living in a donated container in the Khuza’a area of Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip, 9 September 2015. Photo by OCHADisplaced children living in a donated container in the Khuza’a area of Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip, 9 September 2015. Photo by OCHA

In another measure to address the vulnerability of IDPs, the IDP Re-registration and Vulnerability Profiling exercise began in Gaza on 19 August. This is a joint initiative coordinated by the IDP Working Group, to re-register all IDPs who lost their homes as a result of the 2014 hostilities and to better assess their humanitarian needs.

At the peak of the conflict, nearly 500,000 people were temporarily displaced (28 per cent of the population), of whom approximately 100,000 remained displaced. During the hostilities, UNRWA and the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) in Gaza conducted an initial registration of IDPs. However, following the ceasefire on 26 August 2014, no organized deregistration process took place due to the large number of people leaving shelters simultaneously, hampering the ability of humanitarian actors to assess the needs, living conditions, vulnerabilities and specific needs of IDPs in Gaza.

The IDP exercise aims to address this gap by providing a comprehensive overview of IDP needs, locations and current dwellings. It is being carried out in close cooperation with the relevant authorities, municipalities and IDPs themselves. The main implementing partners include national and international NGOs, UN agencies and local authorities. The profiling exercise began in Rafah governorate, following an induction period where the questionnaire was tested in the field and revised accordingly, and training conducted for field staff. Some 250 field workers will be deployed in all five governorates of Gaza. The data collection phase is scheduled to last from around eight to 10 weeks, and aims to cover approximately 18,000 internally displaced families across Gaza at the house-hold level.