The International Data Alliance for Children on the Move (IDAC) is a cross-sectoral global coalition comprised of governments (including experts from national statistical offices and migration-relevant line ministries), international and regional organizations, NGOs, think tanks, academics, and civil society. The main objective of IDAC is to improve statistics and data on migrant and forcibly displaced children with the goal to support evidence-based policymaking that protects and empowers them.
IDAC was formally launched on 2 March 2020 at UNICEF House in New York at an event jointly organized by the Governments of the Netherlands and Sweden, and UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR and OECD.
Reliable, timely and accessible data and evidence are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families and for putting in place policies and programs to meet their needs. Currently there is insufficient data about children on the move regarding their age and sex; about where they come from, where they are going, what were the reasons for leaving, whether they move with their families or alone, how they fare along the way, what their vulnerabilities are in their country of origin, during transit and in their destination. In many cases data are not regularly collected, shared or analysed, and data quality is often poor. These troubling gaps run counter to the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind.
The prevalence of these data gaps is alarming because evidence simultaneously suggests that children are more vulnerable than adults. Children’s vulnerability and related data demands are recognized by the international community in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) which include multiple references to child-sensitive mechanisms and child-specific indicators. To meet the data demands and better protect migrant and forcibly displaced children, it is paramount to improve child-specific data as well as the data capacities.
IDAC was conceived at an international expert workshop in March 2019 in Rabat, Morocco, hosted by the Government of Morocco. The workshop – jointly organized by IOM and UNICEF – was convened to discuss data needs and methodological challenges facing data collection, transmission, analysis, and storage in relation to statistics and research on migrant and forcibly displaced children in the context of the GCM and GCR as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The main objective of IDAC is to improve statistics and data on migrant and forcibly displaced children to support evidence-based policymaking that protect and empower them. IDAC also aims to support the implementation of the commitments of the two Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees as well as the child migration relevant targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Scope of work and key tasks
IDAC recognizes that migration and displacement are dynamic issues and that it is not possible to conclusively define the work scope and tasks of the group but that they need to be flexible and adaptable to an evolving environment. The key tasks include mapping data gaps and data needs, identifying measurement challenges and providing solutions, strengthening data systems and capacities in countries and creating a space for countries, international and regional organizations, NGOs, think tanks, academics and civil society to share experiences and good practices.
IDAC has adopted a three-pronged Action Plan for 2021-2023 geared towards:
- Strengthening national data systems and capacities to protect migrant and forcibly displaced children, thru the provision of sustainable capacity building support;
- Promoting and establishing collaborative, innovative methods for child-specific data work, for example thru an annual conference, annual report, and working groups; and
- Improving data visibility, availability, accessibility and usability by developing a global database and dashboard on children on the move, as well as a dedicated online IDAC hub.
IDAC is meant to create a space for governments (including experts from national statistical offices and migration-relevant line ministries), international and regional organizations, NGOs, think tanks, academics and civil society to convene. There is no minimum period of membership nor is a membership rotation planned, and interested parties are encouraged to apply to join. IDAC may invite agencies, countries or individuals to ensure regional balance and to draw on further expertise, if needed. IDAC will coordinate closely with other relevant statistical forums such as the Expert Group on Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Statistics (EGRIS).
If you or your organization or institution is interested in joining IDAC, please contact: [email protected]
- IDAC Issue Briefs
- Background to Global Compacts:
- Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (UN, IOM)
- Global Compact on Refugees (UN, UNHCR)
- A Call to Action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data
- International expert workshop “Children on the Move: Building Migration Data Capacities”, March 2019, Rabat, Morocco
- Workshop report
- Key data on migration and displacement
- Global Migration Data Portal (IOM)
- International migration (UN Population Division)
- Databases on migration and integration for OECD countries (OECD)
- Refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons (UNHCR)
- Internally displaced persons (IDMC)
- Key resources on child migration and displacement
- COVID-19 and migration and displacement
- Webinar recordings
UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR, and OECD form a joint Secretariat with rotating chair, assisted by an Advisory Board. In close consultation with the Advisory Board, the Secretariat proposes the programme of work for IDAC, organizes meetings and prepares and maintains records of discussions and agreements. The Advisory Board makes recommendations and provides critical support to the work of IDAC.
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Help us close the data gaps on migrant and displaced children by joining the IDAC and / or sharing your knowledge and experiences to enrich the work of IDAC! Please write to: [email protected].