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Principles and Uses of Demography in Emergency Assessment


Robinson, Courtland; Hill, Kenneth; & Singh, Kavita (2003). Principles and Uses of Demography in Emergency Assessment.. Robinson, Courtland & Hill, Kenneth (Eds.) (pp. 17-47). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.


When disaster strikes and there are indications that an emergency may be unfolding, effective humanitarian action must be based on a sound understanding of the situation. Building this information base in a prompt and incisive manner is the work of assessment. In designing an initial assessment, a humanitarian actor typically will ask three basic questions:
1. What decisions need to be made?
2. What information is needed to make these decisions?
3. What methods are most suitable to obtain this information?

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Robinson, Courtland
Hill, Kenneth
Singh, Kavita