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Iraq: 3RP Monthly Update - December 2015: Basic Needs

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Basic Needs Assistance (cash and in-kind) by end December 2015:

  • 23, 146 households received Basic Needs Assistance (Core Relief Items)
  • 26, 995 households received Kersene (200 liters/hourshold).


According to the initial planning led by UNHCR in May 2015 on provision of Basic Needs assistance for winter support 2015/16 in KR-I, the number of beneficiary households (HH) were planned as following:

  • In-kind and cash for Core Relief Items: 13000 HH
  • In-kind kerosene distribution: 13, 655 HH
  • Cash for kerosene: 11,451 HH.

The implementation of the plan has started on 12th October 2015 when the first CRI distributions took place in Erbil. Winterization distributions continued during December 2015 in the 3 KRI governorates (Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah) including distributions of non-food items, kerosene (in-kind), cash for kerosene and tent insulation.

Focusing on coldest areas, the assistance was based on a needs assessment (identification of most vulnerable individuals through UNHCR registration system, community leaders). Field teams identified particular Core Relief Items needs rather than initiate a blanket distribution of kits within the target group thus enabling maximum impact of limited resources.

Particular attention has been paid to the non-camp population, which was provided with winter items and cash for kerosene. Cash was provided in bank checks, covering two months consumption.