Despite repeated ceasefires, the crisis in Ukraine has deteriorated into a violent protracted conflict that has affected over 5 million people across the country. As a result, according to IDMC approximately 1.4 million people have been displaced to date from their homes and are becoming increasingly vulnerable as the conflict continues in the Donbas region of Ukraine. Information on the humanitarian situation, including displacement trends and patterns, needs of affected population and humanitarian response remains limited. Where available, existing data is not sufficiently representative to be used as the basis of rigorous planning, and therefore further information is needed to inform targeted assistance by humanitarian actors.

Through rapid deployments since early 2015, REACH has been providing humanitarian aid actors with assessments aimed at filling information gaps on the humanitarian situation. Recently REACH has established a permanent team to provide comprehensive support to the humanitarian coordination system in Ukraine..

This comprehensive IM and assessment support seeks to facilitate the improved capacity and knowledge for evidence-based aid planning and delivery of the humanitarian coordination system. REACH has started discussions with relevant stakeholders in Ukraine, including OCHA, Cluster Coordinators (shelter, protection, WASH, health and nutrition, early recovery andeducation), the NGO Forum and multiple agencies in order to agree on the scope and priorities for REACH’s deployment to Ukraine.

Prior to this program, REACH has also supported with the following:

  • In February 2015,in partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster, REACH provided a detailed baseline needs assessment of the displaced population (especially in terms of shelter and NFI), which identified areas of priority need, informed targeted planning by humanitarian actors and allowed for the monitoring of ongoing humanitarian response. The report from this assessment is available here.
  • In July 2015, REACH extended support to the Global WASH Cluster, in partnership with UNICEF, to conduct a rapid baseline assessment of education, health and WASH services across government and non-government controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. The assessment was designed to bridge vital information gaps by providing up-to-date facility and community-specific data on the provision of multi-sector services. This enabled aid actors to identify key spatial and sectoral constraints, gaps and needs for a geographically tailored response in support of service delivery.