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close this bookCounting and Identification of Beneficiary Populations in Emergency Operations (ODI, 1997, 110 p.)
close this folder2. Basic principles
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View the document2.1 Continuous information gathering
View the document2.2 Clear and consistent definitions
View the document2.3 Accuracy
View the document2.4 Respect for human safety, well-being, and dignity
View the document2.5 Communication and transparency
View the document2.6 Vested interests


The overriding principle in identification and counting exercises in emergencies is to ensure that everyone receives adequate assistance to sustain life with dignity. However, it is recognised that in many situations, resources will not always be sufficient to meet total need and that within this reality, certain basic principles should be adhered to ensure minimum standards are respected. This Review recommends that the following basic principles should underpin all beneficiary counting and identification exercises in emergency conditions: