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REACH Completes Rapid Assessment for Shelter and CCCM Clusters in Iraq

Following the declaration of a level 3 emergency in Iraq on August 14th, the most severe type of humanitarian crisis, REACH has been working with the Shelter and Camp Management and Camp Coordination (CCCM) Clusters to complete a rapid assessment of households displaced by conflict in Iraq.

The assessment was conducted as part of REACH’s long-standing agreement with the global Shelter Cluster, and surveyed households across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where over 860,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are currently staying, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNOCHA.

The report outlines the immediate needs of those displaced, with a focus on shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI) for winterization programming. While  assistance was found to be widespread, the assessment found that few IDPs are prepared for the upcoming winter, with widespread lack of access to heating, and insufficient access to blankets and winter clothes. The need to address this will be particularly pressing for the most vulnerable IDP families, who are staying in collective shelters, camps, unfinished buildings and in the open air.

The assessment findings will directly inform the Humanitarian Needs Overview, due to be released in early September 2014, the inter-agency Strategic Response Plan, and general humanitarian programming for the current internal displacement crisis in Iraq. A follow-up key informant assessment is currently underway throughout the central and southern areas of Iraq, where household-level data collection is impossible due to limitations on humanitarian access as a result of the current security situation.

Read the full CCCM and Shelter Cluster Rapid Assessment Report, September 2014 

For more information, see the full list of reports and factsheets form REACH for the Iraq IDP crisis

REACH releases Gendrassa Refugee Camp Profile

Before Gendrassa Camp is one of four camps in Maban County, Upper Nile State, South Sudan that house over 125,000 refugees who fled from conflict in Blue Nile State in Sudan. While the situation in Maban County has transitioned to a post-emergency phase, the conflict that erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 has led to increased food and security concerns.

Under the overall leadership of the UN High Commissions for Refugee, REACH carried out in Gendrassa camp an assessment of refugees’ access to basic assistance and services in a range of sectors, including Education, Health, Livelihoods, Shelter, Water and Sanitation. REACH also established a profile of Gendrassa camp refugees, their needs and aspirations.

Assessment findings show a picture of a camp that has advanced beyond an emergency situation in regards to the provision of basic services. Yet there remains a level of instability hampering recovery projects, partly due to the unstable context within South Sudan as a whole since the beginning of conflict in December 2013.

The Gendrassa Refugee Camp Profile is available here.

Regional Assessment of Displaced Syrians in Informal Settlements within Syria and Neighbouring Countries

REACH carried out an analysis of the needs and vulnerabilities of displaced Syrians staying in informal settlements, using primary data collected from 149 settlements in Syria and Jordan, together with secondary data from Syria Jordan and Lebanon.

The report addresses an urgent need to inform humanitarian actors of the specific needs and challenges faced in informal settlements, for which little data currently exists. Assessment findings highlight that the numbers of displaced families staying in informal settlements is large, and that these families are generally more vulnerable than those staying in formal camps or within host communities.

The research was carried out in partnership with the United Nations’ Fund for Children (UNICEF) and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and is one of three assessments to analyse needs of displaced Syrians across the MENA region. All regional reports are available in full below:

Regional Assessment of Displaced Syrians in Informal Settlements within Syria and Neighbouring Countries, August 2014
Regional Multi-Sector Primary Data Analysis of Syrian Households within Syria and in Neighbouring Countries, August 2014
Regional Food Security Analysis of Syrian Households within Syria and in Neighbouring Countries, August 2014