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 the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in Maiduguri, the dashboard can help aid workers make data-informed decisions to communicate with and support the crisis-affected populations more effectively.

Some key highlights of the data include:

To create the dashboard, TWB worked with IOM to add language-specific indicators to ongoing data collection efforts at IDP sites. The data is collected from key informants throughout the conflict-affected northeast 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.

IOM LOGOThe dashboard is a living tool and is 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 DTM Round 24 (August 2018).

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This publication has been financed by the European Union, through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO).

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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.