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close this bookCounting and Identification of Beneficiary Populations in Emergency Operations (ODI, 1997, 110 p.)
close this folder7. Typical Scenarios
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View the document7.2.1 Scenario one: Planning
View the document7.2.2 Scenario two: Population location and distribution
View the document7.2.3 Scenario three: Levels of cooperation
View the document7.2.4 Scenario four: Host governments and registration
View the document7.2.5 Scenario five: Donor pressure

7.2.5 Scenario five: Donor pressure

The pressure from donors and in turn the World Food Programme for accurate population figures during an emergency varies from situation to situation and at different stages of an emergency, but can be considerable.

During the 1991-92 Somali exodus, the priority of all agencies was to save lives, and there was thus very little pressure to obtain accurate figures. However, as soon as the state of the population and situation improved, the need for more accurate population figure resurfaced. A similar process could be observed in the Great Lakes Region during the Rwandese crisis. Consideration should be given to the degree of pressure relief agencies may be under, either from within, or from donors and host governments, to produce results quickly. Even under considerable pressure, it is important to plan identification and particularly registration strategies in such a way that accurate results are obtained, but not at the expense of longer-term cooperation with the beneficiary population.