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Coordinated assessment supports humanitarian response to “the world’s largest protection crisis”

At a briefing for major donors in Ankara in early December, REACH presented the findings of a multi-sector needs assessment of 126 areas in Northern Syria, together with key humanitarian partners including the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Syria Needs Analysis Project (SNAP).

The needs assessment is a joint effort by the humanitarian community in Turkey to conduct a multi-organisation, multi-sector humanitarian needs assessment in accessible areas in Syria, described by UN officials as the “world’s largest protection crisis“. More than 17 operational organisations, sector chairs and members participated in the exercise, coordinated by REACH and OCHA through the Syria Assessment and Monitoring Initiative (SAMI).

The purpose of the initiative is to provide valid information at a strategic level to identify critical needs according to geographic areas and sectors, assessing the most important issues and the underlying factors that affect them, the ongoing humanitarian response, humanitarian access, and information gaps.

The presentation gave an overview of the key issues affecting 15.6 million people across Northern Syria, including 4.8 million internally displaced persons. The findings focussed on the specific needs of women, men, children and the elderly, and included a an analysis of needs across the sectors of Food; Health; Water, Hygiene and Sanitation; Shelter; and Non-Food Items. The assessment identified several highly relevant “hotspots”, where specific protection assessments are needed to understand these issues further.

In the coming weeks, REACH, OCHA and SNAP will work together to more closely integrate the MSNA and other assessments in northern Syria, with information available to humanitarian actors across the Middle East and North Africa region. Improving assessment coordination across the region and supporting complementary approaches through a “Whole of Syria approach”, will enable humanitarian actors to respond more effectively to the 12.2 million people in need inside Syria, and more than 3.2 million refugees. 

The following documents can be viewed below:
Multi Sector Needs Assessment presentation (December 2014)
Multi Sector Needs Assessment report (October 204)
Multi Sector Needs Assessment Executive Summary (October 2014)

First round of profiles released for IDP camps and sites in Northern Iraq

The worsening security situation in parts of northern and central Iraq has caused mass internal displacement across much of the country. More than 48% of the 2.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), Diyala and Ninewa governorates. Informal settlements and formal camps have been established or re-opened in these governorates between mid-June and the end of August 2014 and are now home to thousands of displaced families.

The sites were hastily arranged to cope with the large number of new arrivals, many without camp managers in place until the end of August. As a result, information on the vulnerabilities and needs of the displaced population, their shelter arrangements and available assistance at each site was incomplete. In response to these information gaps, the REACH Initiative launched an assessment at the request of the CCCM Cluster to profile settlements and camps that had reached at least 50% capacity by the end of September. Primary data was collected through household surveys on 28 September – 9 October 2014, and additional information from camp managers was collected through interviews on 13 – 27 October 2014.

REACH produced individual dashboards and maps of eleven settlements in Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Ninewa and Sulaymaniyah governorates, as well as a multi sector comparison factsheet comparing the conditions and needs across all sites.

The following products are available on the REACH Resource CentreRelief Web and the Humanitarian Response portal:

Also available is a full list of reports and factsheets for the Iraq IDP crisis since June 2012