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Kenya: Multi-Sector Needs Assessment: Dadaab Refugee Complex – Garissa County, Kenya, December 2018

Source: REACH Initiative
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan


As of November 2018, a total of 208,551 mostly Somali refugees reside in Dadaab refugee complex (Dagahaley, Ifo and Hagadera). With continued conflict, instability and drought, causing new displacement in Somalia in addition to reduced humanitarian funding in Dadaab, there is a need to strengthen information on humanitarian needs and access to assistance and services in the camps. This information will support the development of the Kenya comprehensive refugee response framework (CRRF), an annual document developed by the Government of Kenya and other stakeholders in refugee response. Since May 2017, REACH has worked in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and UNHCR to provide secondary information and guidance on developing tools and methodologies for data collection in Dadaab refugee complex.

In August 2018, REACH supported the first round of the three planned rounds of multi-sector needs assessment. This factsheet provides an overview of the second round of multi-sector needs assessment across the three camps of the Dadaab refugee complex. This factsheet provides an analysis of refugee humanitarian needs, vulnerabilities, access to services across health, food security and livelihoods, protection, shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors.

Primary data was collected through household (HH) surveys from 28 November to 7 December, 2018. A total of 1,125 households (HHs) were randomly selected and interviewed. The assessment was sampled to fulfill a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of 5% at the camp level. This level is guaranteed for all questions that apply to the entire surveyed population of each camp. Findings relating to a subset of the surveyed population may have a wider margin of error and a lower level of confidence.

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Additional data from a facility mapping excercise conducted between 18-26 October 2018, has been used to complement the household data. A total of 1,381 facilities were mapped including 739 water points, 405 street lights, 95 schools, 49 non-governental organization (NGO) offices and 18 health facilities. Secondary data from agencies operating in Dadaab on available facilities was used to triangulate primary data collected.


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