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.