Afghanistan

ERM Household Assessment Report, Paktya province, Gardez city multiple villages (April – September 2017)

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Assessment Finding and Recommendation in brief:

On the 23rd August OCHA conducted a HRT meeting with partners and government departments including HN-TPO, IOM, OHD, IRC, MRCA,1 UNICEF, WHO, OCHA, ANDMA and DoRR. It was agreed that approximately 400 IDPs in Gardez city would be assessed for potential ERM assistance. Households reported having been displaced due to ongoing armed conflict and military operations in and around insecure districts of Paktya province (Ahmad Aba, Chamkani, Gardez, Jaji Aroub, Jani Khail, Lija Ahmad Khail, Zurmat and Said Karam) as well as from Khost, Kunduz, Baghlan, Nangarhar and Logar.

HEAT assessments conducted between 10 – 25th September, confirmed that 88% of households were displaced from insecure districts of Paktya province. Households that were assessed arrived with no food stocks, household items, and felt unable to return home due to ongoing conflict. Of the 84HHs, 80 of the households reported having accumulated over 8000 AFA in debt. With daily work as the primary source of income, the opportunities for secure livelihoods are potentially limited in the new area of displacement.

The significant delay between the notification and the start of the assessment was a result of a variety of factors including a delay in the preparation of the petition list as well as a delay in the start of the assessment due to a lack of resources from DoRR. Whilst joint assessments are usually conducted with a DoRR representative present, it has been seen to cause delays, an ongoing concern that needs to be addressed by PIN and other ERM partners.

Recommendations:

374 households were assessed with 84 families found eligible to receive the full SMEB package. To note, 25 families were located in insecure areas not accessible to NGOs assessment teams, and 22 families that their phone numbers was off not reachable during assessment days.

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