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