Webinar: The Politics of Information and Analysis in Famine and Extreme Emergencies

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The ability to predict and analyze famine has improved sharply in the past 15 years. However, the political influences on data collection and analysis in famine and extreme emergencies continue to limit evidence-based prevention and response. In many crises, good quality data are not readily available, which makes it easy to undermine analysis processes and distort findings. Sometimes governments or armed groups exert influence for political ends. Additionally, aid agencies, donors, and even local leaders sometimes also try to influence findings. Famine analysis will never be free of political influences. Therefore, on this webinar, we will share some good practice for better managing political influences. We will also present several ways influences on data collection and on analysis processes play out. The webinar is based on findings from the Constraints and Complexities of Information and Analysis project.


This study seeks to understand the availability and quality of information, and the external influences on data collection and analysis for the classification of food emergencies.