Showing posts with label information sources. Show all posts
Showing posts with label information sources. Show all posts

13 August 2014

Thematic Focus: ICTs

Assessing Information & Communication Needs: A Quick and Easy Guide for Those Working in Humanitarian Response (CDAC Network & ACAPS, May 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

The CDAC Network Suite of Common Communication Needs Assessment Tools (CDAC Network, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Facebook Savvy Migrants? Research Notes from the U.S.-Mexico Border (The Information, Aug. 2014) [text]

Information in the Midst of Crisis: Addressing the Information Needs of Internally Displaced Persons at the Tong Ping Protection of Civilians Site, Juba, South Sudan (Internews Network, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Media Content in the Central African Crisis: An Overview and Solutions for Further Peace-building and Governance Interventions (Internews Network et al., May 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refused Refugees in Amsterdam Find Support through Social Media (NewInt Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (9 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

07 April 2014

Thematic Focus: Health


Today is World Health Day.  To mark the day, the World Health Organization's has launched a campaign that focuses on insect bites and their threat to our health. For more general health-related resources, visit ReliefWeb's topic page.


Adequate Access to Healthcare for Migrants, Asylum seekers and Refugees (PACE, April 2014) [text]

"Course of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Health Care Utilisation among Resettled Refugees in the Netherlands," BMC Psychiatry 14:90 (March 2014) [open access]

"Female Refugees: Sensitive Care Needed," Nursing, Published Ahead of Print, 27 March 2014 [free full-text]

"Health Care for Immigrant Women in Italy: Are We Really Ready? A Survey on Knowledge about Female Genital Mutilation," Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità, vol. 50, no. 1 (2014) [full-text via PubMed]

"Teaching Immigrant and Refugee Health to Residents: Domestic Global Health," Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal, vol. 25, no. 3 (2013) [free full-text]

Web site:

Medbox: The Aid Library [access] [Facebook] [Twitter]
- "An independent internet platform supported by international agencies and scientific institutions active in humanitarian assistance and development, MEDBOX collates the increasing number of professional guidelines, textbooks and practical documents on health action available online today and brings these into the hands of humanitarian aid workers: when they need it, where they need it."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (25 March 2014)

Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

02 April 2014

News: IRIN's Future in Question?

UPDATE (4 April 2014): IRIN has now released a statement about its plans for the future.

This 2005 article in Forced Migration Review describes the accomplishments of IRIN, the well-known and well-regarded humanitarian news service, during its first 10 years of operation.  But it might not be around to celebrate its 20th anniversary: A petition to "Save IRIN" that is currently circulating indicates that "IRIN’s parent organization in the UN has decided to wind it down."  According to numerous tweets, this will likely take place by the end of the year.

IRIN's parent organization is the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA).  I have not seen an official announcement regarding IRIN's future.  However, this recent article from Foreign Policy provides some context for IRIN's situation, noting that an internal review of IRIN is currently under way and that as a result of some of its findings, "U.N. officials said OCHA is considering shutting down IRIN or sharply scaling back its activities by the end of the year." (OCHA's "Call for Expressions of Interest" to undertake this internal evaluation is available on ALNAP.) 

An earlier external evaluation conducted in 2003 concluded the following: "Most importantly, the evaluation found that IRIN content informs the decision-making of a wide range of stakeholders. This alone is so compelling an attribute that it places IRIN in a position of unique value and demonstrated competence as an essential element in humanitarian coordination efforts."

OCHA's most recent Annual Report indicates that IRIN has continued to reach a wide and diverse audience (p. 22):
"IRIN's readership continued to grow throughout the year. Its website averaged 775,000 unique visitors a month, with 57,000 email subscribers and 16,400 Twitter followers.  New syndication agreements with online media in the north and global south, plus links to think-tanks and research bodies, adds to IRIN's diversifying audience as does its unique humanitarian Arabic-language service."
Moreover, a readership survey conducted in the Spring of 2012 found that a majority of respondents felt IRIN's content had a positive impact on their work.

I was one of them! Search for IRIN on this blog and you will see that I frequently reference its news reports. Its demise would leave a big gap in my information-sharing activities.  I sincerely hope this valuable information resource will make it to 2015 - and beyond.

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

29 January 2014

Thematic Focus: ICTs

5 Apps for Humanitarian Aid Workers (Socialbrite, Jan. 2014) [text]

The Central African Republic: Media in a Complex Emergency (International Media Support, Jan. 2014) [text]

Knowledge is Power: Unlocking the Potential for Science and Technology to Enhance Community Resilience through Knowledge Exchange, Network Paper, no. 76 (ODI, Jan. 2014) [text]

"Medellín’s Biblioteca España: Progress in Unlikely Places," Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, vol. 3, no. 1 (Jan. 2014) [open access]

Social Media in Emergencies: 101 Seminar Report (CDAC Network, Dec. 2013) [text]

Verification Handbook: A Definitive Guide to Verifying Digital Content for Emergency Coverage (European Journalism Centre, Jan. 2014) [text]

"Will the Revolution be Tweeted or Facebooked? Using Digital Communication Tools in Immigrant Activism," Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Early View, 10 Jan. 2014 [free full-text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (13 Jan. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

12 November 2013

Reflections on the Forced Migration Information Landscape: Grey Literature

Image credit/©Sarah R.2010: "RSC Grey Literature"
If you visit this blog often, you may have noticed a greater number of posts than usual over the past week! This was due to the build-up of information during my time in Vienna, where I was attending the launch of the second edition of ACCORD’s Researching Country of Origin Information: A Training Manual (more about this in a separate post). I was also invited to talk briefly about the work that I’ve done on Forced Migration Current Awareness. Since this presented a useful opportunity to reflect on eight years of disseminating information via my blog, I thought I would use it as a starting point for several posts this week about the forced migration information landscape and how it has evolved over the years.

The type of information I tend to highlight on this blog is what we generally think of as "grey literature," i.e., unpublished or informally published materials that fall outside the mainstream distribution channels that exist for commercially published items like books and scholarly journal articles.  For this reason, grey literature used to be quite hard to access.  If you were lucky, you might have been able to find an item of interest in a library.  The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) library, for example, was known for its strong grey literature collection, which included a number of one-of-a-kind materials. In order to widen access to these unique items, the RSC initiated a project in the late 1990s to digitize grey literature documents which led eventually to the development of the Forced Migration Digital Library.  (Read this case study for more information.)

Today, of course, the situation is completely different!  Grey literature constitutes the bulk of what I reference: research reports, working papers, project documents, official publications, training materials, conference presentations, newsletters, operational guidelines, etc. (more examples of grey literature document types can be found on GreyNet). These items are generally made available through their producers' web sites and can usually be tracked down via a web search.

So is there any value in continuing to collect and provide access to these sorts of materials in a systematic way?  I would say yes.  The following examples might help to explain why.  Two types of grey literature documents that have become more readily available over the years are conference materials and masters theses/doctoral dissertations.  The former include the full-texts of individual papers, Powerpoint presentations, reports of conference proceedings, and archived webcasts and podcasts of the actual events. Yet while these are much easier to access today than in the past, they remain challenging types of resources to track because they are so widely dispersed across web sites. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of forced migration means that relevant papers could be presented at conferences that cover a wide variety of subject areas.  So one really has to know that a certain conference took place and then actively seek it out in order to determine whether any full-text materials of interest are available.

Theses and dissertations also used to be hard to access.  In the past, the print version would have been catalogued and shelved at the host institution's library.  Sometimes a digital version could be accessed through a fee-based database service like UMI (now ProQuest).  But increasingly, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are being made available through universities' Institutional Repositories (IRs).  These are online archives that have been set up to capture the intellectual output of an academic institution. Often, there is even an institutional mandate or requirement for the texts of these items to be made Open Access (OA) (more about this in a later post).

When documents are systematically collected and described from a central point, they are much easier to access.  This is equally true in digital and print environments.  Which is why it's easier for me to learn about ETDs than conference materials.  I find out about the former generally through Google Scholar and, two search engines which index scholarly research resources.  But I don't have a reliable, automated way of tracking the latter.  Instead, I have to remind myself to re-visit conference web sites to see if conference documents have been posted, a much more time-consuming and ad hoc task!

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

23 April 2013

Thematic Focus: Health


National Day of Action, Canada, 17 June 2013 [info]
- Organized by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care.


Access to Healthcare in Europe in Times of Crisis and Rising Xenophobia: An Overview of the Situation of People Excluded from Healthcare Systems (Médecins du Monde, April 2013) [access]

"Discourse on Malaria Elimination: Where Do Forcibly Displaced Persons Fit in These Discussions?," Malaria Journal 12:121 (April 2013) [open access text]

"Family Therapy Sessions with Refugee Families: A Qualitative Study," Conflict and Health 7:7 (March 2013) [open access text]

"A Framework and Methodology for Navigating Disaster and Global Health in Crisis Literature," PLOS Currents Disasters (April 2013) [open access text]

Refugee Health Care: Impacts of Recent Cuts (Canadian Council for Refugees, Feb. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

"Vitamin D Status of Refugees Arriving in Canada: Findings from the Calgary Refugee Health Program," Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 4 (April 2013) [free full-text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

12 April 2013

Finding Resources

A quick head's up to let you know that I have just added a tab to the top of my blog labeled "Where Can I Find... ."  It's essentially a directory to the various resources I have developed over the years that facilitate access to forced migration information and research.  So a central starting point of sorts... .

The other three tabs on my blog lead to research guides on refugees, IDPs and stateless people - all of which have recently been updated.

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

30 October 2012

Focus: Middle East

Egyptian Policy Toward the Palestinian Refugees, 1948 to 1952: Incorporating Arab Sources into the Historiography of the 1948 War for Palestine (SSRN, 2012) [text]

Israel: Asylum Seekers Blocked at Border (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2012) [text]

Palestinian Refugee Experience in a Changing Humanitarian Order, Working Paper, no. 2011/58 (Birzeit University, 2011) [text via SSRN]

"Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the State of Israel," Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, vol. 6, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]

"Some UNRWA Refugees Have Resettled," Middle East Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

Spatializing Identity: The Changing Landscape of Palestinian Refugee Camps, Working Paper, no. 2011/50 (Birzeit University, 2011) [text via SSRN]

Tagged Publications. 

21 October 2010

Publications: Climate Info., Detention/S. Africa, Dev. Displacement/Mozamb., Poverty/Scotland, UNHCR Rpt., World Pop. Rpt.

"Causes and Consequences of Displacement Decision-making in Banhine National Park, Mozambique," Conservation & Society, vol. 8, no. 2 (2010) [full-text]
- See also "Response to 'Is the Displacement of People from Parks only 'Purported' or is it Real?' (Schmidt-Soltau 2009)" in the same issue.

Making Climate Information User Friendly for Humanitarian Organizations (Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, 2010) [text via PreventionWeb]

Monitoring Immigration Detention in South Africa (Lawyers for Human Rights, Sept. 2010) [text]

Refugees’ Experiences and Views of Poverty in Scotland (Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Oct. 2010) [text via BBC]

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN General Assembly, Oct. 2010) [text via UN Pulse]

State of World Population 2010 - From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change (UNFPA, Oct. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See esp. Chapter 6, "Living without an Anchor: Refugees and the Internally Displaced."

Tagged Publications.

30 September 2010

Publications: Cookstoves, Elections, FGM Case Law, Pakistan, Ref. Studies Guide, Rejected Asylum Seekers/US, Roma/Kosovo

The Dilemma of Parent-Child Female Genital Mutilation Jurisprudence (Birdsong's Law Blog, posted Sept. 2010) [text]

New Global Initiative Will Provide Clean Cookstoves for Refugee Women (Women's Refugee Commission Blog, Sept. 2010) [text]

Not welcome anywhere: Stop the forcible return of Roma to Kosovo (Amnesty International, Sept. 2010) [text]

Pakistan's Flood Disaster: An Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Sept. 2010) [text]

Refugee Studies Guide (Bodleian Social Science Library, Sept. 2010) [access]

Rejecting Refugees (IntLawGrrls Blog, Sept. 2010) [text]

Voting with their feet. A review of refugee participation and the role of UNHCR in country of origin elections and other political processes, PDES/2010/12 (UNHCR, Sept. 2010) [text]

[Picture credit: Women's Refugee Commission Blog]

Tagged Publications.

27 February 2010

Publications: Burden-sharing/Europe, Climate Migration/Latin America, Detention Reform/Australia, Iraqi Refugees, Legal Refugee Research, UNFPA Report

Climate Migration in Latin America: A Future ‘Flood of Refugees’ to the North? (Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Feb. 2010) [part 1] [part 2]

Detention reform and alternatives in Australia: Case management in the community as an alternative to detention (International Detention Coalition, posted Feb. 2010) [text]

"No Place Like Home: Iraq’s Refugee Crisis Threatens the Future of Iraq," Terrorism Monitor, vol. 8 , No. 8 (Feb. 2010) [text]

Researching the Legal Aspects of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom (GlobaLex, updated Jan./Feb. 2010) [text]

State of the World Population 2009 - Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate (UNFPA, 2009) [text]
- See esp. chapter 3: "On the Move."

What system of burden-sharing between Member States for the reception of asylum seekers? (European Parliament, Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Jan. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

02 June 2009

Country Information for Returnees

IOM has launched a new web site called "IRRiCO: Enhanced and Integrated Approach regarding Information on Return and Reintegration in Countries of Origin." The aim of the site is to provide "information about return and reintegration the form of country sheets about health care, housing, education, employment, business opportunities, custom issues, and transportation." Currently, IOM regularly covers some 20 countries. Details about other countries are sourced from the Country of Return Information Project (no longer online), yet another project that supplies information "on territorial access, personal safety, reintegration opportunities, accommodation, employment, social security, health care, education, NGOs."

Other Resources for Specific Countries
  • Returnee Information for Afghan Refugees (UNHCR) [access]
  • Sources of information about conditions in Afghanistan for return (Refugee Council UK) [access]
  • Sources of information about conditions in Iraq for return (Refugee Council UK) [access]
Other Resources Analyzing the Importance of Information for Returnees
  • "Information and Repatriation: The Case of Mozambican Refugees in Malawi," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-17, 1997 [abstract]
  • "Information, counselling and legal assistance for returning IDPs," Forced Migration Review, no. 24, 2005 [text]
  • "Repatriation from the European Union to Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Role of Information," in The End of the Refugee Cycle? Refugee Repatriation and Reconstruction (Bergahahn Books, 1999) [Google Books extract]
  • Understanding Voluntary Return, Home Office Online Report 50/04 (Home Office, 2004) [text] (see esp. "Information and the Decision to Return," p. 21+)
Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

30 May 2009

Law/Policy Articles

"Extending Refugee Definitions to Cover Environmentally Displaced Persons Displaces Necessary Protection," Iowa Law Review, vol. 94, no. 3 (March 2009) [text]

"'I Was Put Out the Door with Nothing'— Addressing the Needs of the Exonerated under a Refugee Model," California Western Law Review, vol. 45, no. 2 (Spring 2009) [text]

Informing the Asylum Debate, CEPS Special Reports (Centre for European Policy Studies, May 2009) [text]

Memorandum to the JHA Council of 4/5 June 2009: Guaranteeing refugee protection and safeguarding respect for fundamental rights (ECRE, May 2009) [text]

The Use of Country of Origin Information in Refugee Status Determination: Critical Perspectives (Immigration Advisory Service, May 2009) [text]

Tagged Publications.

02 August 2007

More Information Resources from UNHCR

My previous post described the "Protracted Refugee Situations" resource now available through UNHCR's Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES). Apparently, this is the first of several subject-based document sets in the works. Future collections will be grouped around the following themes:

- Refugee protection, asylum and international migration
- The protection of refugee women and children
- Humanitarian challenges and humanitarian action
- Internally displaced persons
- Return, reintegration and peacebuilding

These will be made available between now and the end of the year.

Posted in Publications.