. "4 The Operational Environment and Institutional Impediments." Tools and Methods for Estimating Populations at Risk from Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Crises. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007.
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Tools and Methods for Estimating Populations at Risk from Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Crises
expertise to be the collaborator of first resort at the time of disaster. To perform this function, however, it needs adequate resources to permit it to organize itself bilaterally with other country governments and with the United Nations and humanitarian NGOs to develop capacity to estimate populations at risk.
Based on the preceding discussion, the committee makes the following recommendations:
National and international disaster response and humanitarian agencies and organizations should elevate the importance of demographicand specifically spatial demographic training for staff members.Further, census staff and others working in NSOs throughout theworld should be encouraged to undertake such training in order topromote the analysis and use of subnational data before, during, andafter emergency response situations. [Report Recommendation 3]
Relief agencies should broaden their collaborative relationships withNSOs to ensure the acquisition of real- and near-real-time data thatcomplement and are compatible with existing data used for disasterresponse. [Report Recommendation 7]
The U.S. Census Bureau should be given greater responsibility forunderstanding populations at risk and should be funded to do so.These responsibilities could include greater capacity and authorityfor training international demographic professionals in the toolsand methods described in this report, and providing data and analytical capabilities to support the U.S. government in internationaldisaster response and humanitarian assistance activities. The U.S.Census Bureau should also have an active research program in usingand developing these tools and methods, including remotely sensedimagery and field surveys. Existing research support models thatinvolve government-academic-private consortia could be exploredto develop a framework for the U.S. Census Bureau to adopt theseadded responsibilities. [Report Recommendation 10]
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