What is REACH?

OurvisionmissionREACH is a joint initiative of two international non-governmental organisations, ACTED and IMPACT Initiatives, and the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). REACH was created in 2010 to facilitate the development of information tools and products that enhance the capacity of aid actors to make evidence-based decisions in emergency, recovery and development contexts. All REACH activities are conducted in support of and within the framework of inter-agency aid coordination mechanisms.

Why was REACH created?

REACH was created in response to two critical gaps in the humanitarian system

1/ Aid actors have limited information at the onset of an emergency

In contexts of conflict and disasters, aid actors face serious challenges in collecting data in a systematic and comprehensive way. As a result, there are often critical gaps in the information required for designing and planning aid. REACH supports aid actors to address these gaps through coordinated assessments and information management.

2/ Aid actors have limited knowledge of the communities they support

Emergencies are highly dynamic environments. Aid actors often do not take into account the broader context in which communities reside. Reach promotes the use of socio-economic units as a basis for planning and delive­ring aid. This area-based approach facilitates community engagement and therefore greater accountability.

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