The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an information management tool developed by the International Organization for Migration to gather baseline information on displaced populations and the conditions in the areas in which they have temporarily settled. The DTM has been rolled out in over 30 countries including Haiti, Pakistan, Mali, the Philippines, and South Sudan. DTM was first implemented in Iraq in 2006 to track the movements of IDPs during the wave of sectarian violence.
Since late December 2013, tens of thousands of families have fled their homes in Anbar Governorate, where recent clashes between militant groups and Iraqi Security Forces have destabilized the area. In coordination with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD) and other interested parties, IOM Iraq is implementing DTM to support the overall efforts of the UNCT as outlined in the 2014 Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP). The SRP addresses the coordinated response of dozens of UNCT partners to the Anbar Crisis for a six month period, beginning in February 2014 and ending in July 2014. After each month of DTM implementation there is a period for evaluation to allow for continual improvement. DTM is a flexible instrument, adaptable to diverse situations, changing information needs, and external feedback.
In the first month of DTM’s implementation, IOM identified a total of 66,184 IDP families across Iraq in 525 locations. The majority of these IDPs are displaced within Anbar; IOM identified 44,352 IDP families across Anbar’s 8 districts in 197 different locations. Due to security concerns, it was not possible to validate or fully assess these identified locations. Outside of Anbar, IOM identified 21,832 IDP families in 328 locations. From these identified locations, 279 (85%) sites were then validated, assessed, and profiled, covering a total of 11,982 IDP families.
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