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IOM, WFP conduct data exchanges in South Sudan

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June 30, 2019 (JUBA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and World Food Programme (WFP) have completed the first functional data exchange between their beneficiary management systems to provide updated information on tens of thousands of people receiving assistance in Upper Nile and Jonglei regions.

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IOM and partners help Jamam camp residents board buses to Kaya (photo credit: IOM)

The data exchange, the first of its kind, reportedly involves BRaVE, a biometric beneficiary data management system which IOM uses to strengthen humanitarian responses and WFP’s SCOPE system, beneficiary information and transfer management platform that helps WFP know better the people it serves.

Under an agreement signed in 2018, the two agencies reportedly share biometric data of individuals registered in each of their systems.

“The exercise aims to harmonize and synchronize the information in the two management systems to enhance efficiency in the delivery of assistance,” partly reads an IOM statement.

However, as part of the first phase of the data sharing arrangement, IOM and WFP have so far reportedly exchanged the data of more than 100,000 people in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

“As part of WFP and IOM’s duty of care to people they serve, data privacy and protection is a fundamental part of the agreement. The use of data is overseen by a corporate data governance mechanism that provides rigorous safeguards to mitigate against risk of leakage and ensure data privacy,” said the agency.

“In line with industry standards, the cyber and data security framework follows UN rules on data privacy and human rights and is consistently upgraded as technology and systems advance,” it added.

The exercise, which involved upgrading both systems to ensure the inter-operability, compatibility and accuracy of beneficiary data to enable bulk data migration, will reduce reportedly duplication and cut down on redundant manual data collection.

“As humanitarian needs continue to rise in South Sudan, outstripping available resources, innovative approaches are urgently required to help us meet needs,” said WFP South Sudan director, Ronald Sibanda.

“The data sharing initiative with IOM will not only help us provide assistance better by cutting duplication and redundant processes but helps us track population movements in case of further displacement,” he added.

Meanwhile, through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), IOM says it conducts registration, biometric and non-biometric, at the request of governments or other humanitarian partners to support the targeting and delivery of humanitarian assistance and services.

“The successful development of interoperability between SCOPE and BRaVe for data exchange of beneficiary information is a remarkable achievement in harmonizing beneficiaries’ personnel data management and improving the efficiency of aid delivery for humanitarian response since WFP is the largest food assistance provider and IOM is the key data provider through the DTM programmes,” said IOM’s Chief of Mission, Jean-Philippe Chauzy.

IOM and WFP plan to have exchanged data for more than 700,000 people across the world’s youngest nation by late 2019.

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  • 1 July 09:36, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Congratulation! for the a wonderful job well!

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    • 1 July 20:36, by Pakuai

      Gender activist Manyang Ter,
      Tell your mum and siblings to grow their own food. There is no war. UN free food is not good for you losers. What are you fellows still waiting in these filthy so-called UN POCs? Are you waiting for your Riek Machar and Lam Akol to come and distribute you with free money to get out of these filthy compounds. You fellows are big embarassment to humanity. Do you losers know where that free food you rely on come from? The UN, the NGOs, white Americans, English people and their allies are our country and our people existential enemies idiots. Do you idiots know how are those UN and NGOs creeps are going to use your mother’s data they collected?>>>

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      • 1 July 20:45, by Pakuai

        By the way losers, the UN and NGOs always use South Sudanese people as begging bowl around the world and then come and use what they beg on the names of hungry South Sudanese on their own lifestyles in upscale hotels in Nairobi, Adis Ababa, Khartoum or Juba, use the rest on other refugees in Africa and throw you losers the remainder crumps. Your US would want to be feeding you losers cheap ’genetically modified corn or Maize’ in exchange for South Sudan’s resources (oil for food). Losers, slow down the Europeans or Americans videos or movies if you can understand?

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  • 13 August 13:28, by Austin Chris

    Great news for our great country! I hope that these exchanges are going to be smooth and protected. First of all, we need to learn how to migrate G Suite data with the help of https://spinbackup.com/blog/how-to-migrate-g-suite-data/ so that we won’t lose any critical piece of information during the exchange.

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