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Kenya: Kakuma Refugee Influx | Multi Agency Multi Sector Initial Rapid Assessment |January 17, 2014| UNICEF


The aim is for the assessment findings to enable actors within the humanitarian community as well as the Government of Kenya to effectively and efficiently respond to the new influx of refugees from South Sudan. The main objective of the Kakuma Multi Agency Initial Rapid Assessments are to:
1. Get a clear understanding on refugees arrivals and its humanitarian impacts following the recent influx from South Sudan;
2. Conduct assessments and collect data to review the humanitarian response to date and identify gaps;
3. Determine the scale of the needs and protection risks for the newly arrived South Sudanese children in the Kakuma refugee camp
4. Understand how different groups are affected and establish their priority needs;
5. Highlight key priorities and gaps for the purposes of resource mobilization and advocacy.


1. Contextualization of the global Child Protection Rapid Assessment (CPRA) tool and Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment (KIRA) mechanisms with local partners Kakuma Refugee Camp.
2. A CPRA with adjusted methodology and scale was carried out which included Key Informant Interviews, direct observations and Focus Group Discussions in addition to desk review.
3. Secondary data analysis with information received from various sources, briefings from Government authorities and partners on the ground like UNHCR, UNICEF, Child Welfare Society Kenya (CWSK), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Government of Kenya Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA)
4. Multi Sector, multi‐agency assessment team composition (UNHCR, UNICEF, LWF, NRC, IRC, CWSK, World Vision) with specialists working in sectors like Protection (UNHCR), Child Protection (UNICEF), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, education, shelter/NFI, camp coordination and camp management.
5. Field Visits, community and key informant interviews, focus group discussions with children, direct observation conducted in 1)3 UNHCR reception centres in Juba, Malakal and Old Reception Centres where refugees are settled temporarily after arriving from the border, 2) 1 new site where refugees are allocated temporary shelters with capacity to hold 20,000 – 25, 0000 refugees and 3) Nadapal border – the first entry point for South Sudanese Refugees. In the border transit point, care was taken not to exhaust already tired and anxious refugees and hence limited key informant interviews (especially focused on child protection) and only 1 community discussions were conducted.
6. Multi‐agency, multi‐sectoral joint consolidation, analysis and verification of primary data conducted during the multi‐agency initial rapid assessment. Debrief of the mission findings with the local partners in Kakuma and Lodwar as well as mission finding shared with Donor team conducting field visit on 17 January 203.
7. Preliminary findings to be shared on 17th January 2014 and final report to follow on 24 January 2014.

Key findings: 
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Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
с 13 Янв 2014 по 16 Янв 2014
Report completed
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Population Type(s): 
Displaced population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
United Nations Children's Fund
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Participating Organization(s): 
International Rescue Committee
Norwegian Refugee Council
World Vision International
Other location: 
Refugees and Returnees