The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) are working together in partnership with key governmental and non-governmental counterparts to develop a tested set of standard displacement-related metrics and indicators which will strengthen the ability of DRR actors to integrate displacement in their work.

Displacement, whether short and long-term, short and long-distance, managed or spontaneous, is a key impact of hazards, often acting as a multiplier of their impacts and a source of further vulnerability. It is therefore the focus of an increasing number of disaster-related policy and operational efforts at national and regional levels, as well as mentioned in the objectives outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. However, no displacement-related metric is currently included among the indicators that countries use to monitor progress against the risk reduction objectives of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

In order to attempt to fill this gap, IOM and IDMC are launching a joint project to:

  • Take stock of relevant actors, methodological approaches, data sources and worked carried out so far;
  • Develop a set of draft indicators that can help monitor disaster displacement, its impacts and related risks, to be integrated in disaster-related assessment and monitoring processes;
  • In collaboration with governmental and international counterparts, pilot the draft set of indicators through existing DRR information systems and reporting mechanisms.

Workplan and approach
The activities will be carried out in 2 phases:

  1. Publication of 2 reports 

    - a “baseline” report, mapping existing data sources, approaches and efforts;

    - an “indicators” report, with a list of pilot indicators on displacement for DRR.

  2. Pilot implementation of the set of indicators


Phase 1 will be completed, and the reports will be presented, in the lead up to the Global Platform for DRR 2022 (May 2022). Phase 2 will follow up starting in the second semester of 2022.

At the same time, IOM and IDMC, with their country offices and partners, will engage governmental counterparts to include this work in relevant discussions on DRR.

Call for partners

IOM and IDMC are expecting to involve relevant governmental actors from selected countries, experts from academic and research institutions in these activities. As part of the preliminary stage, the project leads will establish a working group, which will convene monthly and contribute to the stocktaking exercise, the development of indicators, and the drafting of relevant reports.

IOM and IDMC are calling for all interested partners (experts and practitioners from governmental, international, and research and academic actors) to share their interest in being engaged in this project.

Please share your contact information here.

Collaborating Partners

American Red Cross
Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana 
Center for International Earth Science Information Network 
Florida Atlantic University
Georgia State University-Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 
Platform on Disaster Displacement 
South American Network for Environmental Migrations
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 
University of Sussex


For more information please contact Nicholas Bishop:, Alice Baillat: or Sylvain Ponserre: