The dynamic and multi-faceted nature of the Syrian humanitarian crisis has created significant challenges for information management. The movement of over 9,7 million displaced persons (IDPs) within Syria and to neighboring Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, has stretched the humanitarian community’s capacity to understand and meet the needs of conflict-affected populations. To respond to a crisis of such scale, timely and comparable information is required across Syria and its neighbouring countries.
In this context, since 2013, REACH has been working closely in coordination with humanitarian clusters like the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster (CCCM) and Protection Cluster as well as with other national and regional coordination mechanisms such as OCHA and Cash Based Responses Technical Working Group to address information gaps, and implement assessments that contribute to inform the humanitarian response.
Overall, since the onset of the deployment, REACH has been involved in macro regional multispectral assessments, become part of the first Child Protection assessment done inside Syria, informed cash and voucher programming in northern Syria through monthly Market Monitoring Excercise and extended technical support to the CCCM Community Level IDP Tracking Project in Syria. In sum:
- REACH provides ongoing support to information management and needs assessments across the Syria Regional Crisis: REACH has developed a regional approach which aims at providing aid actors with regular and comparable humanitarian information within and around Syria. Using this approach, REACH has rolled out a number of assessments in all crisis-affected countries, resulting in regular and comparable information products on humanitarian needs, displacement patterns, camps and informal settlements, and urban profiles (please consult the Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon country pages for more details).
- Within Syria, REACH has been conducting rapid assessments of informal settlements and IDP camps in Aleppo, Al-Hasakeh and Idleb governorates. In April 2015, REACH released the first of a series of case studies examining internal displacement in Syria.
- REACH is also one of the lead organizations of the Syria Multi Sector Needs Assessment initiative – a wide project to map camps and informal settlement sites for displaced people – together with OCHA and the Syria Needs Analysis Project (SNAP).
- To understand how markets in Northern Syria are coping with the challenges brought by ongoing conflict, REACH and the Cash Based Responses Technical Working Group have been conducting monthly monitoring of key markets. View the factsheets for September and October 2016
- At the beginning of 2015, REACH conducted remote assessments to measure the impact of Storm Huda (7-9th of January 2015) and Storm Jana (19th-22nd of February 2015) in terms of immediate needs for life saving shelter and non-food items across affected areas in Syria.
- REACH also conducts humanitarian needs monitoring on a timely basis.
- Humanitarian challenges continue to grow in Deir-ez-Zor governorate with decreasing capacity to bear future shocks, June 13, 2017
- Critical lack of adequate shelter and non-food items differs across geographical areas and population groups, May 2, 2017
- Among truces and protracted conflict, restrictions to humanitarian access continue to negatively affect people in need, April 20, 2017
- Monitoring markets in northern and southern Syria to inform cash-based responses, March 31, 2017
- Analysing trends in prices and cost of living across northern Syria, November 17, 2016
- Latest Situation Overview highlights deteriorating humanitarian environment in Eastern Aleppo, October 14, 2016
- REACH situation Overview – Displacement and Needs in Eastern Aleppo update, 30 September 2016
- Access and movement limitations across communities continue to affect populations in August, September 28, 2016
- Assessing needs in the north-eastern Hasakeh governorate, September 20, 2016
- REACH rapid assessment in Hasakeh highlights displacement trends and priority needs, August 25, 2016
- Aleppo Humanitarian Situation Overview seeks to inform response planning amid the recent emergency crisis, August 22, 2016
- Monthly Market Monitoring reflects how local markets cope with the conflict in Northern Syria, July 27, 2016
- REACH’s Humanitarian Situation Overview in Syria (SHOS), April 1, 2016
- Latest findings from REACH Aleppo rapid assessment, February 18, 2016
- New displacement in Aleppo city, February 11, 2016
- Monitoring food, NFI, and fuel prices in the Syrian Northern governorates during 2015, February 10, 2016
- Recent REACH assessment identifies priority winterisation needs in Syria December 23, 2015
- Latest case study assesses secondary displacement in Idleb governorate November 11, 2015
- New REACH study analyses communication channels and social media usage in Syria October 16, 2015
- REACH extends support to the CCCM Community Level IDP Tracking Project in Syria August 5, 2015
- Household-level study assesses critical humanitarian needs in Aleppo July 31, 2015