Winterization: Partners continue to finalize operations of Winterization in Government Controlled areas in January.
Strategic Advisory Group: On the 30th of January 2017, the Shelter/NFI Cluster met with the Cluster’s advisory board to discuss the plans for the year ahead. It was agreed that there was a need to handover many of the coordination tools to local authorities by the end of 2017. These tools will include the Cluster’s Damage Database, Referral System, and 5W tool. The strategic advisory group also reviewed the progress of the cluster’s partners in 2016 in achieving the cluster objectives. This review enabled the Strategic Advisory Group to develop lessons learned and recommendations in further carrying out transition in a protracted conflict situation when conflict continues to create critical and life-threatening shelter needs.
2016 Year in Review: This year the Cluster has drafted an annual report to review progress against the cluster’s objectives in 2016. Some interesting findings include that although the volume of assistance in 2016 was lower than in 2015, it still represented 40% of total assistance delivered throughout this response over nearly 3 years. In 2016 alone, cluster partners assisted more than 460 thousand individuals. In 2016, the number receiving life-saving assistance decreased. Respectively activities related to adequate housing and transitional measures almost doubled in 2016 as compared to 2015.
Monetization Guidance: In January, the Shelter/NFI Cluster circulated a guidance document on monetization in the Shelter/NFI Cluster in Ukraine. The document includes a vocabulary on cash terms, a review of the use of Shelter and NFI monetization programs that have been used in Ukraine, a guidance on matrix on when and how to monetize, tips for monitoring and evaluation, protection mainstreaming, a review of government social programs, and reminders on anticorruption and fraud.
Collective Centres: Partners from both Shelter and Protection Clusters began another round of monitoring of Collective Centres particularly in Donetsk and Dnipro Oblasts and central and southern Ukraine.