REACH is an initiative of the Geneva-based association IMPACT, implemented with ACTED and UNOSAT in the framework of a global agreement between the 3 organizations. REACH aims at facilitating planning by aid actors through the provision of assessment, database and mapping services in countries that are in crisis or at-risk of crisis.
At the end of 2017, an estimated 45% of the national population remaining within South Sudan, (nearly 5 million individuals), was severely food insecure under the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) in South Sudan.1 In some of the most food insecure areas, humanitarian access remains problematic. To support the humanitarian response and to identify hotspot areas of food insecurity, REACH utilizes the Area of Knowledge (AoK) remote monitoring methodology.
Between October 2016 and May 2017, 20 of the hard-to-reach and besieged communities in Syria that are covered by REACH’s Community Profiles assessments reached truce agreements. While humanitarian conditions seemingly improved significantly following these truce agreements, most of them were preceded by months of escalated violent conflict and severely deteriorated humanitarian conditions.
Jober is a neighbourhood on the eastern boundaries of Damascus city that sits adjacent to Eastern Ghouta. It was reclassified from hard-to-reach (HTR) to besieged by the United Nations (UN) in November 2016. Of the areas assessed in the satellite analysis, Jober has, by far, sustained the most damage; it has been an active frontline for the majority of the assessment period. According to REACH data obtained by Community Representatives, the majority of Jober’s population was displaced to Eastern Ghouta in March 2017 due to an escalation in conflict in the community.
Akobo town is located in the eastern side of Akobo County, Jonglei State, close to the land and river border crossings with Ethiopia. Akobo is a key point of trade and transit between South Sudan and Ethiopia.