What We Do

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The JDC aims to set in motion a transformative process to dramatically improve the availability and accessibility of high-quality socioeconomic data and evidence on affected populations. These can in turn be used to inform policies and programs at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels. Our activities are organized along the four strategic objectives. We are currently working with partners and supporting over 40 activities, carefully selected to contribute toward our vision and mission.


 Our geographic scope

JDC Work Program Countries

This map was produced by the Cartography Unit of the World Bank Group. The boundaries, colors, denominations and any other information shown on this map do not imply, on the part of the World Bank Group and UNHCR-the UN Refugee Agency, any judgement on the legal status of any territory, or any endorsement or acceptance of such boundaries.

Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo



Strengthening data systems and standards

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JDC aims to strengthen national and international data systems and build capacity through the implementation and development of statistical standards, methods and tools for relevant forced displacement data by:

Making forcibly displaced persons visible in the SDG indicators

Expanding statistical methods and tools on forced displacement

Supporting UNHCR's creation of an integrated and standardized “flagship” global survey series

Exploring innovative methods to strengthen data

Producing data and analysis

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JDC aims to produce quality socioeconomic microdata and analysis at sub-national, national, and regional levels to inform and improve policy processes and response.

Data collection and analysis activities (combined or separated) will be selected for support on an annual basis, through approval by the Head of the JDC and the JDC’s Management Committee according to established processes. A flexible rolling window fund will allow the JDC to respond to more immediate operational needs or evolving crises.

Somalia: Rapid monitoring of socio-economic conditions for internally displaced people

Türkiye: Agricultural labor market and socioeconomic status for Refugees and Turkish Citizens

Honduras: Tracking progress towards durable solutions to internal displacement in the context of the International Recommendations on IDP Statistics

Central Asia: Support for the inclusion of stateless people in national population censuses and gathering of additional socioeconomic data on stateless populations

Colombia: Support to IRIS Implementation

Uganda: Refugee inclusion in the Demographic Health Survey

Jordan: Inclusion of refugees in national household survey

Libya: Socio-economic survey of refugees and migrants in Libya

Socio-economic survey in the Grand Kasaï, DRC: Focus on IDPs, returnees and host communities

Impact evaluation of a disintegrated safety net for refugees and host communities in the Northern Republic of Congo

Cameroon, Pakistan, South Sudan: Pilot surveys for UNHCR’s new flagship survey program

Enhancing safe and responsible data access

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JDC aims to enhance access to quality microdata on forcibly displaced persons while maintaining appropriate protocols to enable access without jeopardizing the protection of individual persons or groups by: 


Building evidence and sharing knowledge

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JDC aims to fortify the growing international research community on forced displacement through disseminating research products and evidence; and facilitating knowledge exchange amongst community members as well as with practitioners and relevant policymakers. 


Developing methodologies for measuring the impact of hosting, protecting and assisting refugees

JDC Knowledge Agenda

Developing World Refugee and Asylum Policy (DWRAP) Online Data Platform


 Our COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as the most disruptive social event in decades. This crisis affects all sectors of our society, but for those forcibly displaced, the impact of the pandemic will be exacerbated by the conditions in which they live.

Forcibly displaced populations need to be included in the global response to the virus, but designing any appropriate policy response will require deep knowledge of the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of these populations – data which is often limited.

To respond to the pandemic within the JDC’s mandate, the Center is working to include forcibly displaced populations in research and phone surveys on socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic. Read more about the Center’s High Frequency Phone Surveys. 

The JDC has also published a Primer on the Consequences of COVID-19 on Forced Displacement, summarizing over 20 research and projects related to pandemic and its impact on forcibly displaced persons. The Primer will be updated regularly with new research on this issue. Read it here: The Consequences of COVID-19 on Forced Displacement. 

Furthermore, the Center has launched a Paper Series that provides a review of the existing evidence about the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on forcibly displaced, including refugees and internally displaced persons and host communities. This inaugural issue of the JDC Paper Series on Forced Displacement highlights how investments are urgently needed for evidence-based humanitarian response to improve the lives of FDPs and their host communities during the pandemic. Read the paper here: Highly vulnerable yet largely invisible: Forcibly displaced in the COVID-19-induced recession.

 Our resource commitments

To support the above activities we have committed a total amount of 18,5 million USD. The budget-distribution across our four strategic objectives can be seen in the chart on the right. A flexible rolling window fund of 1 million USD also allows us to respond to more immediate operational needs or evolving crises.

JDC work program objectives and resources committed to them

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