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IMU has conducted a study on the seasonal vegetable planting inputs based on the request of NGOs who implement agricultural projects in non-governmental areas of Syria. This is the 1st edition of this dashboard which will be released quarterly. IMU through its network of enumerators collects primary data related to the available agricultural fertilizers, seeds and agricultural equipment of all types in 63 sub-districts within 5 governorates, namely Aleppo, Hama, Idleb, Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Deir-ezZour. This dashboard includes explanatory charts about the prices, and quality of the agricultural materials and equipment disaggregated by governorate by two levels the North West and the North East of Syria, in addition to their sources of origin.

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On 25 December 2018, a heavy rainstorm has struck northern Syria. The storm has continued for two consecutive days, affecting the IDPs’ tents in the northern Syrian camps. The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) is working to give a real picture of IDPs’ situations in the northern Syrian camps and to report the emergency situation there, in order to reach an urgent response by the humanitarian agencies and alleviate the suffering of the IDPs.

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The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) issues the Schools in Northern Syria Camps report annually. This is the 2nd edition of the report, which sheds the light on the effects of the ongoing war in Syria and the displacement on education, the displaced children educational needs, and the schools in camps needs from different perspectives. The report consists of 9 sections: Methodology; General Information; Schools Buildings; WASH in Schools; School Equipment; Schools levels and Curricula; Students; Phycological Support and Students with Special Needs; Teachers; and Priorities and Recommendations. 
The total number of the assessed camps by ACU enumerators in the report is 226 IDP camps distributed within 8 clusters in Aleppo and Idleb governorates which included 72 schools only. The schools are located within 62 IDP camps whereas there are no schools at all in the other 164 assessed camps. 

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On 25 December 2018, a heavy rainstorm has struck northern Syria. The storm has continued for two consecutive days, affecting the IDPs’ tents in the northern Syrian camps. The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) is working to give a real picture of IDPs’ situations in the northern Syrian camps and to report the emergency situation there, in order to reach an urgent response by the humanitarian agencies and alleviate the suffering of the IDPs.

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The second edition of the flash report about recent developments in Idleb and its adjacent countrysides, includes information about the displacement movement during the period of 15 October and 30 November 2018 which took place due to the intensified military operations and shelling by the regime on these areas. The IMU enumerators , were able to count 21,243 IDPs distributed among 38 villages, with the majority hosted by other families, and others settled in informal camps within farms or in the vicinity of villages.

 

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With the onset of winter, to mark a new year seasons’ cycle, welcomed and liked by many, it nevertheless equally marks another round of suffering and hardship for the IDPs and forcibly displaced people, to the extent that, contrary to those many who like it; it is for all people staying in camps unwelcomed and disliked. In every year a number of camp residents lose their lives because of the cold. In 2015, the storm named Huda hit the Middle East and resulted in the death of 15 IDPs in the Syrian camps, found with their bodies frozen in the cold. Likewise, in 2016, 3 newborns were reported dead in the northern Syrian camps. Similarly, in the winter of 2017, 3 cases of people falling dead were recorded in the camps of Qah, Kherbet Aljouz, and Jarablus. Syrians staying in the northern camps are experiencing deteriorating situations; increasing in numbers every year with ebbing support provided to help them through. Most of the time the humanitarian organizations would respond or take action when it is too late, i.e. after the disaster would have taken place, and roads are closed, and it becomes practically impossible to get access to the support-needs destination; a delay that results in people falling to their death due to the cold weather.

The IMU of the ACU, issues its fourth edition of the “Winter Needs in the Northern Syrian Camps” report, addressing 234 camps in the governorates of Aleppo and Idleb. The report brings to light the most important items that IDPs are in need for in terms of type and quantities, according to international standards for humanitarian response. It furthermore, brings emphasis to bear on the course of action that IDPs, as well as the camp management teams, should follow to drive down the effects of natural disasters that may put their lives at risk. Noting that the number of families that ACU enumerators were able to assess their needs reached 46,145 families, making up an overall individual number of 252,052 IDPs.

 

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This baseline assessment is conducted for the Tatweer Programme which is designed to build the capacity of local governance structures to provide effective essential services to Syrians and to promote good governance in Syria. The objective of this baseline is to authentically reflect the reality of governance practice in the assessed communities, and the capacities the Local Councils (LCs) enjoy for rendering services. To deliver on this mission, information was gathered from 16 LCs and one PC in order to better learn, understand and interpret the level of their capacity, identify gaps, improve and retain the skills and knowledge needed to do their jobs competently. This is in addition to assessing the LCs’ /PC’s understanding of Law 107 and their willingness to join hands working cooperatively together as well as with the provincial directorates.

 

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This baseline assessment is conducted for the Tatweer Programme which is designed to build the capacity of local governance structures to provide effective essential services to Syrians and to promote good governance in Syria. The objective of this assessment is to best support the role of women which will support mapping out the opportunities and obstacles of women involvement in decision-making, leadership and project implementation. The assessment targeted women currently engaged in the Local Councils (LCs) or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other positions in the community.

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Massive military campaign has recently been launched by the Syrian regime and its allies to subject the Idleb governorate under their control; an act triggering large waves of displacement.
The IMU of the ACU, through its network of enumerators, has been keeping tracking the numbers of IDPs, in their different categories and the locations they may take refuge at.
The first version of this report presents the number of IDPs, who are reported to have scattered in 131 communities and in 24 regular camps.

 

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The ACU’s Information Management Unit conducted the 4th version of its annual research “Schools in Syria”, to highlight the impact of the Syrian conflict on education and the needs of students and school supplies. This is the most representative, nuanced iteration of this study to date, covering 4,079 schools within 99 sub-districts across 10 governorates, building upon 35,925 data e-forms with 31,846 forms on perception surveys. It has significant increase in the number of the functional schools addressed over its first version to the current one by 2,572 schools.

This report provides a broad view of the current obstacles and most pressing needs of the educational sector, covering a spectrum of issues ranging from facilities to student and teacher life in Syria’s embattled regions.

By sharing the findings of the 4th version of this academic research, the Information Management Unit of the ACU hopes to lay down a roadmap for donors and stakeholders in Syria’s educational sector to not only guide it through its present crises, but towards a brighter future.

 

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