This dashboard is an interactive tool to help humanitarian organizations better plan their communication strategies and language support.
Developed by Translators without Borders, in cooperation with IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in Maiduguri, the dashboard will help organizations make data-informed decisions to communicate with and support the crisis-affected populations more effectively. Some key highlights include:
- Kanuri is the most widely spoken primary language, yet there are only 591,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) receiving information from responders speaking primarily Kanuri.
- Fifteen percent of the population reported serious problems due to lack of information.
- Marghi-speaking sites are especially information-vulnerable, with 42 percent of respondents reporting a serious problem due to lack of information.
- The state of Adamawa has the starkest information gaps: 43% of key informants reported a serious problem due to lack of information. The main topic of information requested by IDPs in Adamawa is safety and security.
- Three out of four sites report that they prefer to receive information over the radio, yet the vast majority of sites report that less than 50 percent of households have access to a functioning radio.
To create the dashboard, TWB worked with DTM to add language-specific indicators to ongoing data collection efforts at IDP sites. The data is collected from key informants throughout the conflict-affected north-east of Nigeria and is based on their insight into communication at specific sites. This methodology, while offering the significant benefit of scale, can result in populations appearing more homogeneous than they are. For example, if an informant from a site answered ‘Kanuri’ to a question on primary language spoken, the dashboard displays the sum of households and individuals for that site as all speaking Kanuri. This is likely not to be the case, as other research by TWB found individual sites to be linguistically diverse. However, it is the most accurate picture currently available.
The dashboard is a living tool and will be updated as new rounds of DTM data are made available. IOM’s entire DTM dataset and data collection methodology can be found on their website and interactive map portal. Current data is from the International Organization for Migration‘s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Round 22 (April 2018).
For questions about this dashboard or other TWB Maps data collection and visualization efforts, please contact Eric DeLuca: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about language support in north-east Nigeria, please contact Alice Castillejo: email@example.com.
This publication has been financed by the European Union, through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO).
The European Union and its Member States are a leading global donor of humanitarian aid. Through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs, without discrimination of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation. The views expressed in this document should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.