08 Nov 2023

The Launch of IOM Global Data Institute

  • Date
    21 Nov 2023, 16:00pm
  • Location


In a complex and uncertain world, the useful application of data for evidence-based policy and action is needed now more than ever. From assisting displaced people in finding durable solutions in the face of climate change impacts to enhancing foresight for migration scenarios and preparedness - managing human mobility to contribute to sustainable development requires a data-driven approach. IOM’s new Director General, Amy Pope, has articulated her administration’s direction for IOM to harness the promise of migration and serve the most vulnerable communities. GDI contributes directly to this mission through data for action, data for insight, and data for foresight. Through its extensive data collection systems, and building on the foundations established through its two core data initiatives – the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and the Displacement Tracking Matrix - GDI produces, analyses, models data to support decision-making, planning, and field operations to serve action, provide insight, and enhance foresight.

Event Overview

The Global Data Institute launch event will take place on November 21st, 2023. It will bring together a total of 50 – 80 participants from government, international agencies, universities, philanthropies, civil society, media and the private sector.

The launch event will include formal and informal meeting formats that will showcase GDI’s mission, examples of its work in 2023, and an outlook for the future. The event will begin with brief opening remarks by IOM’s newly elected Director General, Amy Pope, and a senior GFFO official. This will be followed by three interactive presentations on GDI’s pillars – data for action, data for insight, data for foresight. Each of these presentations will be based on interactive analyses, charts, maps and other visualisations to present GDI’s work in an easily digestible yet informative way. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with experts and policy-makers on climate change as a key driver of internal displacement