ACCORD/Austrian Red Cross publishes 2013 Edition of Training Manual: ‘Researching Country of Origin Information’

Monday, November 4, 2013

A new edition of the training manual ‘Researching Country of Origin Information’ has been published this week by the Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation (ACCORD), a department of the Austrian Red Cross. ACCORD has three reasons for publishing the updated 2013 edition. First, the amount of available information has grown, requiring new developments to be incorporated into the training manual. Second, over the past decade, ACCORD’s own knowledge and experience of country of origin information (COI) research in the international field has improved, enabling it to provide better quality guidance. Third, in an effort to increase the educational value, the manual has been made more readable, with use of examples and thematic boxes.

The training manual includes sections on the role of Country of Origin Information (COI) in protection procedures, the COI quality standards and principles, advice on asking the right research questions, evaluating source reliability, use of social media, and transparency in presentation of results. The manual also includes two appendices explaining the main legal concepts in COI research and listing the most frequently used sources. The publication updates a version from 2004. The 2013 edition is directed at a wider audience, reaching beyond the exclusive focus on Europe to cover regional instruments relating to refugees in Latin America, Africa, and the Arab world.

Read the 2013 version of the COI Training Manual.

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