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close this bookCounting and Identification of Beneficiary Populations in Emergency Operations (ODI, 1997, 110 p.)
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The members of the peer group1 were: John Borton, head of the Humanitarian Policy Programme, ODI, Laura Gibbons, RRN Coordinator, Bela Hovy, technical adviser to the UNHCR Food Security Unit; Malcolm Ridout, Emergencies Manager, Emergencies Management Team, OXFAM and Jeremy Shoham, lecturer at the Centre for Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and author of RRN Good Practice Review 2 on ‘Emergency Supplementary Feeding Programmes’.

Edited by Laura Gibbons, RRN Coordinator, and Koenraad Van Brabant, RRN Policy and Development Officer. James Fennell, then Emergency Manager for CARE-UK was also consulted in the early stages of drafting. Sophie Peace was responsible for layout and production and the French version was translated by Jean Lubbock.

In addition to the guidance of the ‘Peer Group’, sources of information on the subject include IOM, WFP, UNHCR, SCF Liberia, CARE and UNICEF. Additional case study material was provided by Laura Gibbons and Koenraad Van Brabant of ODI, Sajjad Malik of UNHCR and Bart Witteween of SCF. The UNHCR 'Registration - a practical guide’ was of particular value, as was UNHCR’s People Oriented Planning framework (largely put together by Mary Anderson). A word of thanks is due to Dr. Rob Stevenson, an independent consultant who has specialised in the area of quantification of beneficiary populations for humanitarian operations. His kind and patient help has been much appreciated. Finally, the arguments contained in the excellent paper 'Counting the refugees: gifts, patrons and clients’, by Barbara Harrell-Bond, Efthia Voutira, and Mark Leopold, underpin much of this Review.