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REACH supports response to displacement crisis in Iraq

From the outset of the emergency, REACH has been providing support for the relief response to the current displacement crisis in Iraq through rapid assessments, site mapping, analysis, transit sites and planning for IDP settlements. To upscale its current in-country capacity, REACH mobilized and deployed a team of assessment and GIS specialists. The REACH team is working closely with the  Information Management team of the Integrated Coordination Office for Development and Humanitarian Affairs (ICODHA) of the United Nations, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as various aid actors engaged in the response to the crisis in Iraq.

The latest factsheets, profiles and reports can be viewed and downloaded below.

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REACH contributes to post-Haiyan WASH Baseline Assessment in the Philippines

Within hours of first striking the Philippines in November 2013, typhoon Haiyan had made landfall six times across the country’s central regions. By early December, the Government of the Philippines, through its Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Centre, reported that a total of 13,067,342 individuals across 10,701 Barangays in the Central Philippines had been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, including 4,000,965 internally displaced persons. In November 2013, REACH undertook a its first joint rapid Shelter-WASH needs assessment in collaboration with the Shelter and WASH clusters. This joint assessment complemented the Multi-sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) with the view to inform the Strategic Response Plan. As a follow-up, REACH was mobilized in March 2014 to support a WASH Baseline survey led by the global WASH Cluster Rapid Assessment Team (RAT).

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Coffee value chain assessment in Raymah governorate, Yemen

REACH conducted an assessment in Raymah governorate in Yemen, between January and April 2014, as part of the project led by ACTED and funded by EuropeAid: “Safeguarding rural food access in Raymah governorate: Building water resources management capacity and enhancing local incomes through coffee chain development”. Focusing on the coffee sector in Raymah governorate, the project aims at reducing poverty and vulnerability to food insecurity through the development of the coffee value chain in Al Jabin, As Salafiyah, Kusmah and Al Jafariyah districts. REACH’s assessment aimed to support decision-making and planning efforts needed to upgrade the local coffee chain, through the collection of data related to: production practices; water resource management; and the respective roles of men and women in coffee farming. Click here to access the report.

Aleppo City Key Informants Assessment, Syria Crisis

Since January 2013, the extensive shelling of Aleppo has left part of the city in ruins and caused massive population displacement, as well as the regrouping of the remaining population in the south-western parts of the eastern city area. As of early June 2014, significant population displacement out of eastern Aleppo was still ongoing due to the further intensification of the conflict. REACH conducted a key informants assessment in Aleppo between in April-May 2014 to collect inform on the needs of populations located in the eastern part of the city. REACH conducted this assessment in consultation with the Inter-sector Coordination Group and the Assessment Working Group for Northern Syria, and with support from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Click here to access the report.