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REACH Mass Communication Assessment in Domiz Camp

To better understand the efficiency of the means of mass communication used in Domiz refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), REACH facilitated a rapid assessment in December 2013. Findings reveal that when used separately, none of the mass communication media allows aid actors to reach the entire refugee population. The assessment also found that most refugee households are willing to use a Facebook group to access public anouncements about the situation in Domiz camp, notably in terms of facilities and services provided by aid actors. Key findings from the rapid assessment are are presented in a fact-sheet.

To read more about the situation in KRI and how REACH is contributing to better planning and delivery of assistance for Syrian refugees, visit the Iraq country page.

REACH Assessments carried out in Baidoa and Kismayo

REACH is engaged in Somalia since August 2012, contributing to the formulation of countrywide needs analysis and response strategies. 

In August 2012, Somalia Shelter Cluster requested REACH support for the Tri-Cluster (Shelter, Wash and Health) interventions in two IDPs settlements in Mogadishu: Zona K and Camp 77. REACH provided a comprehensive mapping of infrastructures, settlements and basic services available in both sites. This mapping informed settlements layout and operational plans of aid actors involved in the Tri-Cluster response.

In October 2012, REACH was deployed again in Somalia, on behalf of the Shelter Cluster, in order to undertake a country-wide and comprehensive Shelter Sector Review, with a specific focus on locations where major displacement was experienced in Somaliland, Puntland and Banadir (Mogadishu).

Building on these global deployments, REACH continues to provide assessment and information management support to the Somalia Shelter Cluster. This ongoing support throughout 2013 and in 2014 includes the geographic identification of IDPs living in informal settlements in Baidoa, Dolo, Kismayo and Mogadishu, as well as the development of a baseline of household-level information for the shelter, WASH and education sectors.

Maps and factsheets are regularly uploaded and available at:

An interactive web-map is also available at:

REACH Shelter and WASH Response Monitoring Assessment in Typhoon Haiyan affected areas

Through its standby partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster, REACH has already carried out several rapid field deployments in the Philippines since 2011, following these emergencies:  typhoon Washi, typhoon Bopha, Bohol earthquake, and the typhoon Haiyan.

In relation to typhoon Haiyan REACH first undertook rapid needs assessment in November 2013. For this purpose, the Global Shelter Cluster and REACH agreed to support the Global WASH cluster in order to facilitate a joint shelter-WASH needs assessment. 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 carried out in March 2014 a second shelter cluster assessment to monitor the shelter sector response in Haiyan affected areas.

This monitoring exercise also included collection of WASH sector specific data. The report and maps from this second assessment will be shortly released.