Refugee Data Collection in Iraq

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Project Name Refugee Data Collection in Iraq
Implemented by: People Development Organization (PDO)
Project Website
Tool(s) used: KoBo Toolbox
Country/Countries: Iraq
Supports Peacebuilding Theme(s): Transparency and Accountability

Project Description

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The People Development Organization used KoBo Toolbox to collect information on refugees and raise awareness of their issues in Northern Iraq.

Focusing on Qoratu camp and the neighboring Salih Agha area in the Kalar region, PDO conducted a systematic survey of 530 families, totaling to 2,779 people.

“116 of [IDPs interviewed] are infected with epidemiological diseases, 48 of them are males and 68 are females. The number of people infected with measles are 2, the number of people infected with pemphigus are 6 and number of people infected with pox are 10. 19 people are infected with typhoid, another 60 are infected with skin diseases such as Alopecia and Baghdad boil and other unknown skin diseases spread among IDPs and specially children. The number of children infected are 43.”

PDO found very difficult circumstances, both for the IDPs and the medical centers struggling to treat them. The camp medical centers lack the medicines and equipment needed to treat the IDPs in their area, and because of the cost of traveling to the nearby hospital in Kalar, many IDPs failed to get access to the medication they need.

Data capture technologies like KoBo Toolbox allowed the PTX participant People Development Organization to capture vast amounts of previously uncollected data on the status of IDPs in Qoratu camp and throw a spotlight on the difficulties faced by IDPs in Iraqi Kurdistan. After the story has earned coverage in local press Kurdish parliamentarian Meryam Samad contacted PDO director Bahar Osman and promised a health committee hearing on the subject of displaced Iraqis in camps. $12,000 dollars of medical supplies were delivered to Qoratu, and a relationship was established between government and civil society.

"The best thing about the project is that it attracted the attention of the local authorities ​... that we built a good relationship with the health directory there and the local government. They promised us help with what we want to do in terms of new projects, new activities. They said that they appreciate the things that you did as an NGO, they are ready for any kind of contribution."