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Site Assessment for a Potential Site for the Humanitarian Hub and Common Storage Area in Gulak, Madagali (21st to 23rd February 2018)


Adamawa state has the second highest number of displaced people across the current humanitarian crisis in the north-east. The majority of IDPs come from the northern part of the state, which was directly affected by conflict with, thousands more from the neighboring state of Borno. Many fled the violence from the southern parts of Borno and resettled into camps and host communities while others had initially crossed the border to Cameroon but were returned following a decision in July 2015 to expel refugees not resident in designated camps in that country.

In 2017, the Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator visited Adamawa State. The request for establishing a humanitarian hub was made to the Humanitarian Coordinator by the humanitarian partners during a field visit to Madagali.

The humanitarian partners expressed the need to consider establishing a humanitarian hub in Gulak, in Madagali in order to improve the quality of humanitarian response, support the further scale-up of services at LGA level and address the humanitarian needs of the internally-displaced population and refugees who are returning to the area from Cameroon.

In response, the Humanitarian Coordinator advised the humanitarian partners to liaise with the Hub Task force to discuss further the possible establishment of the humanitarian hub in Gulak. The Hub Task Force and the humanitarian actors working in Adamawa discussed and agreed to carry out a joint field assessment to examine the request for building a hub in Gulak, from 21 to 24 February 2018.

Key findings: 

Gulak town, the proposed hub site in Madagali LGA is located 300km north of Yola Town. The road from Yola Town, the state capital driving northwards is tarmac with intermittent potholes and with two major damaged bridges close to the LGA. Driving to Gulak is with great difficulties and it will take 6 hours to get to the hard to reach LGA. There are no static humanitarian actors in Gulak due to security related challenges. Humanitarian actors responding to the LGA are doing so from the Mubi Town which is approximately two and half hours’ drive to Gulak. These partners are thin on the ground and will spend most of their working hours commuting between Mubi Town and to the LGA.

The site proposed by LGA Chairman for the humanitarian hub and common storage area is a government land located not far from the LGA office (coordinates: 10o 48’ 45.26” N; 13o 27’ 30.02” E).

The property has a frontage of approximately 83 meters. The property is irregularly-shaped but the approximate frontage is 83 meters, its rear boundary is 55 meters and its length, 200 meters. It has 3 old and abandoned buildings which can be renovated and used as part of the humanitarian hub and an existing borehole. It was not ascertained however if the borehole still has water but in one of the buildings, there were pipes which may have been used in the borehole before.

Assessment Report: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
с 21 Фев 2018 по 23 Мар 2018
Report completed
Collection Method(s): 
Focus group discussion
Population Type(s): 
Camp population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Participating Organization(s): 
International Organization for Migration
United Nations Department of Safety & Security
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
International Rescue Committee
Plan International
Danish Refugee Council
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
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