Socio-economic assessment of refugees in Mauritania's Mberra camp 2017
Other Household Survey [hh/oth]
UNHCR conducts socio-economic assessments of persons-of-concern (i.e. refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs, etc.) in a variety of countries in order to inform and improve its programming with the goal of promoting self-reliance. While these assessments are not fully standardized and are tailored to their specific country context, the quantitative surveys share strong similarities in their design and objectives, and are therefore considered a survey series for the purpose of microdata documentation/archiving.
Since 2012, the outbreak of armed unrest in northern Mali has led to major population movements to neighboring countries. Mauritania hosts the largest number of refugees in Mberra camp, which is about 50 kilometers from the Malian border. Understanding the refugee profiles of the Mberra camp is a key element in finding lasting solutions to the problems faced by these vulnerable populations.
The purpose of this profiling study is therefore to facilitate the transition from mainstream conventional assistance to an approach based on household socio-economic profiles for programming that takes into account the productive capacities of the population and better matches needs. Data collection was carried out among 13,441 households during September-November 2017.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
Household and individual
2.1: Edited, anonymous dataset for licensed distribution.
The scope of the quantitative data of this socio-economic assessment includes:
- Identification of the household
- Household members (demographic characteristics, education, occupation, special needs)
- Child schooling
- Food consumption
- Sources of income
- Coping strategies
- Housing characteristics
- Asset and livestock ownership
- Social participation
- Household priority needs and preferences
Mberra refugee camp, Mauritania
All refugee households residing in Mberra refugee camp, Mauritania.
UNHCR PPG: 1MRTC
Producers and sponsors
Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees
The survey's objective was to deliver representative data of all refugees living in Mauritania's Mberra refugee camp. The total population of refugees in this camp at the time of the survey was estimated at around 13,441 households.
The survey applied a full-coverage (census) approach, i.e. no sample selection was made. The registration database served as the list frame. The total number of completed interviews was 13,441 households.
Deviations from the Sample Design
Overall response rate was 100%
This dataset is self-weighting.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
Data Collection Notes
Data was collected through computer-assisted face-to-face interviewing (using ODK/Kobo software on tablets) by 124 enumerators (62 nationals and 62 refugees) and 5 supervisors.
All questionnaires are provided in section "external resources".
The dataset presented here has undergone light checking, cleaning and restructuring (data may still contain errors) as well as anonymization (includes removal of direct identifiers and sensitive variables, and grouping values of select variables).
No attempt will be made to identify respondents or microdata providers, and no use will be made of the identity of any person, facility or establishment discovered inadvertently. Any such discovery would immediately be reported to UNHCR, to allow evaluation of further use, apply further statistical disclosure control methods, impose further restrictions on access, or appropriately re-classify the data. No attempt will be made to create links between datasets provided by UNHCR, or between UNHCR data and other datasets that could identify individuals or organizations.
Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR Socio-economic assessment of refugees in Mauritania's Mberra camp 2017 - Anonymized for licensed use. Geneva: UNHCR (May 2019), Ref. UNHCR-MRT-2017-SEA-2.1. Dataset downloaded from https://microdata.unhcr.org on [date].
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