Following several years of unrest post 2011 protests, which shook up the entire regional landscape, Yemen has now suffered for more than two years at the hands of a conflict that has left 80 per cent of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Over 2.7 million people are internally displaced and living away from their homes. Grave needs are present in all sectors, notably food security, WASH and shelter, whilst livelihoods have been disrupted and destroyed. An effective humanitarian response has been launched nationwide but huge constraints have arisen in accessing certain locations, maintaining fuel stocks, procuring all required items at reasonable prices, and piecing together variable quality information from various sources to properly inform activities and targeting.
In this context, REACH is working in support of the humanitarian community in Sanaa and Amman, especially in close collaboration with OCHA and the clusters, with a view to informing decision making and key humanitarian milestones.
Among others, REACH supports humanitarian partners with:
- Analysis capacity and support to the coordination mechanisms in Yemen, namely within the framework of the Humanitarian Needs Overview and the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen
- Primary data collection capacity to strengthen the availability of evidence as a base for decision making, response planning and delivery
- Information Management support to partners, based on jointly identified needs and priorities.
Previously, REACH was deployed in Yemen between December 2013 and April 2014, in order to assist in filling information gaps on humanitarian needs in the country. REACH Yemen activities were four-pronged:
- REACH was used to generate maps presenting ACTED’s implementation sites, with details on projects and activities carried on in these sites;
- REACH was engaged in conducting assessments on development (and humanitarian) needs in Yemen. The first assessment aimed at informing ACTED’s programme team on a three-year EuropeAid funded project. Conducted between January and April 2014, REACH assessment on coffee value chain and water use targeted four districts in Raymah Governorate;
- REACH staff worked closely with ACTED Yemen’s Programming and AME teams, building their capacity in using Android technologies such as the Open Data Kit platform or the Mobile Data collection methodology;
- REACH also partnered with OCHA to support in the development and roll out of an interactive and user-friendly database for Yemen’s Common Needs Assessment Platform (CNAP).
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