Continued insecurity along roads and a lack of adequate access to food across South Sudan’s greenbelt region in Central and Eastern Equatoria States have caused humanitarian needs to worsen over the second quarter of 2018. Many areas in these states are largely inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity. As a result, only limited information is available on the humanitarian situation outside of a few large towns and displacement sites.
In order to fill these information gaps and improve the humanitarian response, REACH began collecting monthly data on hard-toreach areas in the Greater Equatoria region from January 2017 through interviews with Key Informants (KIs). Between April and June 2018, data was collected through phone call interviews with KIs residing across the Greater Equatoria region and who had direct knowledge of the situation in a hard-to-reach settlement as well as through direct in-person KI interviews in Kapoeta town, Kapoeta South County.
From April to June 2018, REACH interviewed 393 KIs that had knowledge about 377 different settlements: 195 settlements in all six counties of Central Equatoria State and 182 settlements in six out of eight counties of Eastern Equatoria State. Primary data collection was also complemented by interviews with humanitarian partners based in Kapoeta town.
Findings were triangulated with secondary data, including other assessments conducted by REACH in Central and Eastern Equatoria States over the reporting period.