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Refugees have been fleeing to Bangladesh from Rakhine State, Myanmar, where they have suffered discrimination and targeted violence. Since August 2017, more than 700,000 people have arrived, bringing the total number of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar to nearly 920,000. Over 80% of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are women and children, who are dependent upon humanitarian assistance to meet their basic food needs.

iMMAP is present in Cox´s Bazar, Bangladesh, since January 2019, supporting the World Food Programme (WFP). Rohingya World Food Programme´s assistance to the Rohingya refugees includes a wide range of program activities including general food distributions, e-vouchers, malnutrition treatment and prevention activities, school feeding, food for training, and food for assets / cash for work activities to maintain and improve the safety and disaster resilience of the community and camp infrastructure.


Implementation of WFP Assistance Program
iMMAP works in Bangladesh to solve gaps and challenges in the information management systems and practices that were previously identified by WFP Programme Unit managers with the support of iMMAP experts. iMMAP is currently implementing two changes in WFP’s information management strategy:

The first one is the implementation of an Information Management Officer (IMO) Pool, consisting of both international and national IMOs whose shared skills and time are allocated to meet WFP requirements on a priority basis. The IMO Pool will include WFP contracted staff already in the Programme Unit, IMO´s of WFP-led Sectors, and international and national consultants contracted by iMMAP. The IMO Pool will include professionals with a wide range of information management and analytical skills. iMMAP will manage the IMO pool to ensure delivery of analytical products that assist in the design, planning, implementation, and monitoring of transitions in WFP Programme modalities, including the transition in General Food Distribution from In-Kind to e-Voucher, expansion of the DRR and SMEP Cash for Work Programs, and expansion of the EFSN Self-Reliance and Livelihood Support Programs in refugee camps and host communities.

The second change is the implementation of iMMAP´s ReportHub, an integrated data management system, to replace the combination of local spreadsheets and WFP corporate databases/tools that are currently in use. ReportHub was designed by iMMAP to support data collection and reporting in humanitarian operations where the Inter Agency-Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster system has been activated.

The Inter Sector Coordination Group has decided to implement ReportHub as a common standard for the management, analysis, and visualization of sector-level data throughout Cox’s Bazar. iMMAP is supporting the Food Security Sector to migrate its current and historical data to ReportHub, and it is implementing custom reports, visualization tools, and analyses that support the sector and its partners.

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