Syria: Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM), Round 2


1. Background

The ongoing conflict in Syria, which is still dynamic, complex and multi-faceted, has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. In order to respond to the continuous deterioration of the humanitarian situation in country - characterized by poor access to basic goods and services, large-scale displacements, increasing vulnerabilities of population in need, damages to key infrastructure and restricted movement of goods and people - the humanitarian community has developed innovative approaches to comprehensive country-wide assessments of humanitarian needs.

The Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) is a set of tools and methods implemented through OCHA to identify, assess and track target population categories within Syria in relation to needs and population mobility dynamics at the lowest geographical level possible. The NPM aims to assist the humanitarian community by regularly disseminating verified data on targeted population groups in accessible areas within Syria. Data collected serve as baseline information and intend to inform clusters, donors and other humanitarian partner’s response inside Syria.

The NPM initiative promotes a collaborative approach among aid actors in which local Syrian NGOs collect data and international partners provide technical support, capacity building and coordination among the involved parties. The NPM initiative is embedded within the Whole of Syria Needs Identification Framework (NIF), and as such supports established inter-agency coordination mechanisms at the regional and country levels.


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