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Creating the tools for effective humanitarian aid delivery

Since 2015, ACTED and its partner IMPACT Initiatives have been responding through the REACH Initiative to provide information management and assessment support for evidence-based aid planning and delivery. ACTED and REACH focus on leading interagency humanitarian needs assessments to inform the development of the humanitarian community’s 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). Furthermore, ACTED/REACH provide technical support and capacity building to humanitarian agencies and clusters. REACH opened an information management hub which supports partners with data management, mobile data collection and GIS to ensure adequate use of widely available tools for improved evidence based programming

According to the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan there were 3.1 million people in need in Ukraine, including 500,000 people requiring food assistance and 15,000 families in need of shelter repairs. Due to continued access constraints imposed by the de facto authorities to access the non-government controlled areas, and the difficulties faced by the clusters to develop a comprehensive humanitarian needs overview ACTED/REACH were requested to undertake comprehensive humanitarian needs assessments. The programme’s successful implementation provided the humanitarian community with a multi-sectoral needs analysis covering all conflict affected areas of Ukraine, thus informing the development of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan.

Assessing the humanitarian needs

To facilitate the required multi-sectoral response, ACTED/REACH conduct the Inter-Agency Vulnerability Assessment (IAVA) in government-controlled areas, and the Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA) in non-government controlled areas. As evidenced by the IAVA report, conflict affected populations continue to experience constraints in accessing housing, public services and protection thereby increasing their vulnerability to external shocks. ACTED/REACH established themselves as a reliable source of information

Creating web-based tools for a more effective humanitarian response

To further its support for effective humanitarian response to the crises, ACTED/REACH also developed maps, information products, web-based platforms, a dashboard showing the 3W (who is doing what where), an interactive alert and response webmap and a tool facilitating coordination of information gathering initiatives. Furthermore, ACTED/REACH established an Information Management (IM) hub in Slovyansk to enhance partner’s IM and geo-information systems capacity through training and consultations. Consequently, at least 35 agencies benefitted from the assessments and information management trainings conducted by ACTED/REACH.

 

Partners in 2016

 

European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), People In Need (PIN)

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