REACH was created in 2010 as a joint initiative of two INGOs (Impact Initiatives and ACTED) and one UN program (UNOSAT) aiming at promoting and facilitating the development of information products in humanitarian crisis.
At a global level, REACH partners with humanitarian coordination platforms (i.e. Global Shelter Cluster) in order to strengthen tools and methodologies related to: secondary data review; primary data-collection through assessment and remote sensing; data-storage; data-processing into maps and reports, capitalisation and dissemination of data.
At country level, REACH teams are deployed to countries in crisis or at-risk-of-crisis in order to facilitate interagency collection, processing and dissemination of key humanitarian data.

In 2011 REACH formalised a partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) to support the strengthening of its coordination and planning capacity. In the scope of this, REACH works closely with cluster members and co-lead agencies (IFRC and UNHCR) in order to facilitate the development of cluster information management methodologies and tools as well as, upon request, to deploy dedicated teams in the aftermath of emergencies.

REACH support to the shelter cluster at field level includes

  • To facilitate coordination and implementation of shelter cluster assessments in the aftermath of a disaster by (1) providing, upon request, dedicated human resources (2) facilitating assessments coordination and roll-outs in the field (3) ensuring timely assessment data analysis and diffusion of its results to enable quick and informed decision making
  • To strengthen shelter cluster information management resources by (1) providing, upon request, dedicated human resources at field level, (2) facilitate analysis and dissemination of assessments results, (3) support 3W update and mapping, database set-up/update and mapping of other assessment findings and (4) the establishment of interactive web-maps
  • To promote relevant use of satellite and remote sensor data by providing direct linkages between the country-level shelter cluster and UNOSAT analysis and satellite imageries resources.

REACH support to the Shelter Cluster at global level includes: set up a (1) global database and (2) interactive web-mapping on GSC activities that will combine the information systems set up during targeted emergencies and (3) providing easy references and tools for disseminating information.

The table below lists all completed Shelter Cluster assessments that were facilitated by REACH over the course of the years.







Southern Kyrgyzstan Tensions 2010

Conduct of interagency assessment of every shelter that was damaged by violence. The resulting report and webmap was tehn use to monitor response progress

Assessment report;

webmap EN / RU



All dataset, questionnaire, maps can be found on the webmap websites



Libya Crisis 2011

REACH was first deployed in Libya in May 2011 to help fill such information gaps among humanitarian actors through the facilitation of interagency assessments and the provision of mapping services. In partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster, REACH facilitated a comprehensive assessment of shelters damaged by conflict throughout Libya, covering over 10000 households.

Assessment of shelters damaged by conflict;


+ maps on the Resource Centre




Peru Loreto Region Floods 2012

In support to the humanitarian response, a Shelter Cluster was activated in Peru in early June in partnership with the UN humanitarian team in Lima. REACH teams were deployed to Peru thereafter to conduct an HH level assessment (covering over 1300 households) on the impact of the flooding on the shelter sector in the Loreto Region.

REACH conducted a rapid shelter assessment and mapping exercise including a sample of 1,319 households. (also in Spanish)



Bangladesh Cyclone Mahasen 2013

A few days into the emergency phase, REACH deployed a team to Bangladesh to support the Phase 3 Detailed Assessment, a joint initiative of the Government of Bangladesh and the Shelter, WASH, and Early Recovery Clusters. Over 4600 households were interviewed for the assessement

 Tropical Storm Mahasen in Bangladesh: Phase 3 Shelter, WASH, Early Recovery Detailed Assessment;  Series of maps and webmaps.



Mali Displacement Crisis 2012

Within the framework of its partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster, REACH was first deployed in Mali in November 2012 to provide shelter assessments and IM capacity to the country cluster and its members. REACH objectives were to understand and map displacement trends and assess Internally Displaced Persons’ needs.

 Shelter sector secondary data review as well as an assessment and mapping of Bamako’s informal settlements.




Mali 2013

In October 2013 REACH was deployed to Mali by the shelter cluster to conduct a rapid needs assessment in Timbuktu and Gao regions.


Rapid needs assessment in Timbuktu and Gao regions



CAR 2012

REACH was first deployed to the CAR in April 2012 to support the recently re-activated UNHCR-led Shelter Cluster in the development of a country strategy. Following the completion of a Secondary Data review  REACH undertook a three week field mission to facilitate an inter-agency assessment in the North-West of the country

Secondary data review, REACH Assessment in the North-West of the country. + 19 maps on RC page 3


CAR 2013/2014

In late 2013, following the Level 3 crisis declaration, REACH was mobilized again to facilitate a shelter sector assessment in Bangui, where half of the identified 830,000 IDPs were reported as staying.

2013: shelter sector assessment in Bangui + 25 maps on the RC page 2-3 published in 2014



Somalia Displacement Crisis 2012

REACH was first deployed to Somalia in July 2012 to provide surge capacity and technical support to the Tri-Cluster Strategy (Shelter/NFI-Health-WASH). A number of intercluster assessments were produced as a result


Report on Shelter Sector review

26 maps/5 FS on Resource Centre


All survey/dataset on shelter assessments in Somalia (+ survey from Tri-Cluster) available on the RC here


An evaluation was conducted on three types of shelter interventions. In addition, a training module was developed for the shelter cluster

2014 SC evaluation report + exec summary



Philippines Tropical Storm Washi 2011


A baseline assessment was conducted for the shelter cluster

Resource Centre page on PHL – only including shelter



Philippines Typhoon Bopha 2012


A baseline assessment and an impact evaluation were conducted for the shelter cluster

See above


 Philippines Bohol Earthquake 2013


A baseline assessment was conducted for the shelter cluster

See above


Philippines Typhoon Haiyan 2013

Three assessment were conducted: a baseline, and two outcome monitoring

See above

All dataset for Haiyan

South Sudan

South Sudan Displacement Crisis 2014

In 2014 REACH have engaged with the Shelter and CCCM clusters to profile IDP settlements, including Protection of Civilians (POC) sites, and study displacement patterns of IDPs.

3 Factsheets and 5 maps on Resource Centre – page 10

Of UNMISS sites



Iraq 2014

With regard to the IDP crisis REACH supported humanitarian planning at both the strategic and operational levels. Strategic level information products aimed at informing overall humanitarian indicators and responses: examples include the Multi-Cluster Needs Assessment of IDPs living in non-camp settings, which informed planning for the Immediate Response Plan (IRP2), and cluster-specific assessments such as the joint Shelter and CCCM Cluster Assessment to inform the Humanitarian Needs Overview


Shelter and CCCM Cluster Assessment

Resource Centre Iraq page for other multi-cluster products



 Ukraine Internal Displacement Crisis

In February 2015,in partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster, REACH provided a detailed baseline needs assessment of the displaced population (especially in terms of shelter and NFI), which identified areas of priority need, informed targeted planning by humanitarian actors and allowed for the monitoring of ongoing humanitarian response.

Report on the Resource Centre

Article on REACH website



Niger 2015

 In December 2015, REACH, in collaboration with UNHCR, conducted a rapid shelter and non-food items assessment of 1, 317 households in 14 different localities of the Diffa region.

Shelter assessment in the Diffa region, Niger on the RC here.



Cyclone Pam 2015

REACH was deployed to support the Global Shelter Cluster response through a baseline and a response monitoring assessment

All resources available and link to the RC on REACH Website Vanuatu Country page

On the RC: 1 FS, 2 reports, 5 maps

Cleaned datasets:




Nepal Earthquake April 2015



One baseline and one outcome monitoring assessments were conducted


All Resource Centre products related to shelter

REACH Website: 4 articles linked to SC products

ToRs, tools, and raw data, retrievable here.



Nepal Monsoon Preparedness Assessment 2016

One assessment was conducted in preparation of the monsoon

Included in links above

Monsoon Preparedness data in the report – micro-level analysis section


DRC Crisis

One assessment was conducted on the cluster’s NFI response

REACH Country page

Report not validated – but questionnaires/tools/data available on dropbox


OPT 2016 – Ongoing

REACH is deployed in the OPT since summer 2016 in support of the Shelter Cluster in order to valuate the outcomes and impact of the provision of emergency, transitional, and permanent shelter assistance in response to the 2014 conflict in Gaza, by organisations working in the shelter response, and to consolidate shelter-related lessons learned from the response so far

REACH Country page: 1 article / 1 report

Phase I: no primary data colelction


Phase II: N/A - ongoing

Syrian Arab Republic Syria Crisis With the support of REACH, UNHCR and the Shelter/NFI Cluster have undertaken the first comprehensive assessment of shelter and NFI needs across northern and southern Syria. The assessment aims on the one hand to identify shelter vulnerabilities among the population of targeted areas, including in terms of adequacy and damage of shelters; and on the other hand, availability of and access to NFIs and priority shelter/NFI needs.