Protracted and Newly Arrived IDPs in Baidoa: A Rapid Needs Assessment


1) Executive Summary

Baidoa is one of the districts in Bay region that continue to face huge humanitarian needs particularly affecting IDPs. The district hosts an estimated 3,300 IDPs and currently increasing as a result influx of new arrivals from other areas and refugee returnees from Kenya. As per the findings of SYPD rapid assessment conducted from June 24th – 25th 2016, the majority of the IDPs settlements in Baidoa, especially those in the northern part, are heavily congested and have also proportionally received the largest number of new arrivals. In addition, the planned repatriation of IDPs from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya is likely to increase the humanitarian needs in the already over-stretched services. The increasing new arrivals and returnees are either hosted by other IDP households or staying in makeshift shelter structures. Hosted IDPs are putting pressure on the already inadequate resources for protracted IDPs while those staying in makeshift shelters are exposed to natural whether elements such as cold at night, rains and hot sun during the day. In addition, about 30 per cent of the previously transitional shelter provided by humanitarian partners several years back are dilapidated and need repairs or replacement.

Not only shelter but the SYPD assessment team also report that IDPs lack adequate access to basic necessities of life such as food and safe drinking. Sanitation facilities are highly inadequate or completely absent which threatens communities with a host of hygiene related diseases. Protection concerns among women is alerting.

In light of the above, a team from SYPD have visited 33 IDP settlements in Northern Baidia to assess the living conditions among the IDPs in these settlements and identify existing gaps. This report presents key assessment findings and presents a number of recommendations for immediate action.

2) Assessment Objectives:

  • To assess the living conditions of IDPs in Northern Baidoa.

  • Identify existing gaps and unmet priority needs of affected communities. Such information will be useful for agencies planning to provide response.