Syria: NFI Monthly, January 2017, Issue No. 1

Situation Report
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The NFI Monthly is a monthly publication of the NFI Sector of Syria Hub which is led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This publication aims to provide an overview of humanitarian response of the sector inside Syria for each month. All information presented in this publication are from all NFI sector members with operational presence inside Syria. For more information, please contact the sector.

Emergency Support

  • The sector partners continue to monitor the situation of people in need from east Aleppo to better plan its collective response. On 9 January, the sector’s Coordination Team conducted a short mission in Aleppo City and visited Jibreen collective shelter which, as of 9 January, accommodated around 961 families (estimated 5,077 persons). While NFI provision is ongoing, unsystematic distribution and weak documentation of beneficiaries are among the major issues reported. Some IDPs complained on unfair NFI distribution and the provision of sub-standard items. Due to some unmet needs, few NFIs were not properly utilized according to its purpose. For instance, mattresses were being burned to provide warmth and other items were being sold to afford other basic needs. Also, some partners reported overlap of interventions due to lack of information on collective distribution plans. Moreover, there is no harmonized conduct of needs assessment which often times led to information fatigue among the population in need.

Based on partners’ rapid assessment, the displaced families are expected to remain at the collective shelter as only 9% are willing to return to their habitual residences and around 60% of the total displaced population has totally damaged or demolished dwellings in their places of origin.

  • The sector partners also continue to distribute basic non-food items to the most vulnerable families. In January, IOM covered around 5,200 persons while UNHCR served around 103,000 persons with its core relief items. The sector partners also continue to provide winterization support. Local NGO,
    Ta’alouf, with UNICEF and UNHCR are regularly distributing heaters and firewood to the IDPs in Jibreen industrial halls.

  • Funding through the Syrian Humanitarian Fund has been dedicated to Aleppo in January and partners were encouraged to submit project proposals.

Inter-Agency Convoy Support

  • The sector participated in an inter-agency convoy on 7th of January in Madamiyet Elsham community in Rural Damascus governorate. Following the evacuation of fighters and their families to Idleb governorate in October 2016, the general access to the area has improved. This situation has also resulted in an improved supply of basic commercial goods in the market however, due to financial constraints residents cannot afford to buy these goods and so they continue to rely on humanitarian assistance. Influx of returnees has started to take place due to an improved access and partners reported that majority of the population needs winterization support. Collectively, the convoy served around 40,000 persons and UNHCR, specifically, provided 3,000 boxes of solar lanterns and 2,000 boxes of winter kits.

2017 Partner’s Reporting Training

  • The sector organized a one-day training with partners on 22nd of January to level-off collective understanding on sectorial reporting rationale and requirements. It also served as a venue to share reporting best practices and lessons learned that formed as basis to standardize sectorial reporting flows. A total of 36 participants representing 15 partner organizations attended the training. At the end of the activity, they had been familiarized with the new reporting indicators, which are based on the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan Results Framework. They also understood the interrelatedness of the reporting system to the overall sector strategic objectives. Above all, they learned the use of the new 4W (Who-does WhatWhen-Where) template, which is the main reference tool for partners to report their operational presence. During the first half of 2016 the sector will see this training also rolled out at various filed locations.

Beirut Coordination Workshop

  • The Syria Hub Coordination Team participated in the Whole of Syria Shelter/NFI Coordination Workshop in Beirut, Lebanon from 25-26 January. The workshop served as a venue to share updates from various hubs and collectively develop a strategic plan for 2017.