Annual report 2016, Shelter Cluster in Ukraine
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Shelter Cluster

The Ukraine Shelter/NFI Cluster Annual report aims to analyze 2016 trends, achievements, and response to the crisis related Shelter and NFI needs. After 2 years of response, the report seeks to provide insight into where we stand in terms of achievements by providing a glimpse and comparison of several years of activities. While the report is limited to look at outcome and impact in terms of an objective, activity, and geographic location, it can provide a broad overview of Shelter/NFI activities in Ukraine to shape lessons learned for the upcoming years. In 2016, the Shelter/NFI Cluster and its partners assisted over 175,000 households contributing to a total of more than 456,000 households assisted or nearly 1,600,000 million people assisted since the start of Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis. While the majority of the cluster’s activities continue to be lifesaving, cluster partners filled an important gap not yet fulfilled by recovery and development donors in Donetsk and Luhansk government controlled areas by completing transitional and recovery measures such as cash for rent, heavy repairs, and reconstruction projects. Importantly, with the beginning of the 3rd winter of this response, humanitarian partners began the implementation of winter preparedness activities in August 2016 to ensure that households impacted by the conflict were able to stay warm. A particular phenomenon specific to Ukraine as a country with a strong winter climate, is the volume of activities that begin in the August-September period and realized their completion in the following year creating a “carry-over” effect. The phenomenon is described carefully in the report, but is an important observation for donors to be aware of when financing humanitarian response in such climates. Despite the significant work of Shelter/NFI partners, outstanding needs remained at the end of 2016 highlighting the challenges that this crisis has posed to the local population. While the neediest were residing in contact line communities of both government controlled and non-government controlled areas, access and prevailing shelling limited assistance delivered in these areas. 2016 was also a year of significant advancement for the Shelter Cluster and its partners in terms of use and production of coordination tools to facilitate operational coordination in responding to the needs. While these tools facilitated a quicker and more efficient response, some important lessons learned are detailed in the report for improving the use of such tools in 2017.