Report on Rapid Assessment of Critical Needs - April 2000

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  1. Introduction

Two-Phase Assessment: On the basis of the recommendations made to the Government of Angola by the recent inter-agency mission led by the Emergency Relief Coordinator a.i., Government officials, United Nations Agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGO) launched a two-stage assessment of humanitarian needs. The first stage of the assessment, known as the Rapid Assessment of Critical Needs, was launched on 1 April 2000. During the next week, 14 inter-agency teams visited 31 locations in ten provinces. The aim of the stage one assessment was to rapidly survey the most acute needs of at-risk populations in accessible locations and identify the concrete steps that will be taken immediately to stabilise these populations. The stage one assessment teams drew extensively on existing surveys, filling in gaps where information was unavailable or incomplete.

During stage two, scheduled to begin in May 2000, in-depth assessments will be conducted in areas where populations are at-risk. The aim of the second stage is to evaluate existing programmes in preparation for the mid-term review of the 2000 Consolidated Inter-agency Appeal for Angola. Both stages of the assessment process are being coordinated under the leadership of the Government of Angola and the Humanitarian Coordinator and involve representatives from UN Agencies and NGOs. In its role as the unit responsible for overall coordination of humanitarian operations in Angola, OCHA has facilitated the assessment, convening an inter-agency Assessment Taskforce that meets regularly to oversee all aspects of the process.

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