Since it was established in 2010, the aim of the TDP Vulnerability Assessment and Profiling
project has been to gather data on the location, humanitarian needs and vulnerabilities of people displaced due to the complex emergency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan. Initially piloted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has implemented IVAP since mid-2010.
Need for IVAP
IVAP provides one of the few, and by far the most extensive, sources of data on off-camp displacement in KP/FATA. Over the past five years of operation, IVAP has developed a strong reputation for gathering reliable and unbiased profiling data on displacement as well as providing impartial technical assistance on assessment activities. It is clear from this experience that being aware of and responsive to the changing information needs of the government and the humanitarian community, is central to the success of IVAP.
Humanitarian responses in Pakistan are driven by harmonized data, and targeted towards the priority needs of the most vulnerable displacement-affected persons.
To consistently provide timely, actionable, reliable and accessible profiling data on the needs and vulnerabilities of displacement-affected persons to government, humanitarian and development actors; to increase the utility of family-level data from different sources through the development of a data exchange system; and, to promote a more collaborative data culture through advocacy, capacity building and technical support. This will result in a more cost effective approach to data collection and a common understanding of displacement, needs and vulnerabilities.
Government and humanitarian community support
As a tool of the humanitarian community, IVAP is strongly supported by the provincial government and the Humanitarian Regional and Country Teams. IVAP was originally recommended and approved in 2010 by the KP-based Policy and Strategy Meeting (comprised of humanitarian community, government and military). Whilst the IRC oversees IVAP operations, it is a multi-agency initiative; therefore a good number of the staff involved are seconded by other organizations including UN, PDMA, national and international NGOs. This helps to root IVAP within the humanitarian community, and to increase buy-in and use of the data, simultaneously paving the way to ensuring the sustainability of IVAP by building a pool of staff trained in IVAP surveying in KP.