South Sudan: South Sudan Displacement Crisis – Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Assessment of Hard-to-Reach Areas in South Sudan, March 2018

Source: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, US Agency for International Development, REACH Initiative
Country: South Sudan


The continuation of conflict since December 2013
has created a complex humanitarian crisis in
the country, restricting humanitarian access and
hindering the flow of information required by aid
partners to deliver humanitarian assistance to
populations in need. To address information gaps
facing the humanitarian response in South Sudan,
REACH employs its Area of Knowledge (AoK)
methodology to collect relevant information in hardto-reach
areas to inform humanitarian planning and
interventions outside formal settlement sites.

Using the AoK methodology, REACH remotely
monitors needs and access to services in the Greater
Upper Nile, Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr el
Ghazal regions. AoK data is collected monthly and
through multi-sector interviews with the following
typology of Key Informants (KIs):

  • KIs who are newly arrived internally displaced
    persons (IDPs) who have left a hard-to-reach
    settlement in the last month
  • KIs who have had contact with someone living
    or have been in a hard-to-reach settlement
    in the last month (traders, migrants, family
    members, etc.)
  • KIs who are remaining in hard-to-reach
    settlements, contacted through phone

Selected KIs are purposively sampled and have
knowledge from within the last month about a specific
settlement in South Sudan, with data collected at the
settlement level. About half of settlements assessed
have more than one KI reporting on the settlement.
In these cases, data presented at the settlement
level is the modal (most frequent) response for
KIs reporting on that settlement. If there is an even
number of ‘yes/no’ responses, data is aggregated as
‘no consensus’.

All percentages presented in this factsheet, unless
otherwise specified, represent the proportion of
settlements assessed with that specific response.
The findings presented in this factsheet are
indicative of the broad food security and livelihood
trends in assessed settlements in March 2018, and
are not statistically generalisable.