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Since November 2012, REACH has produced a variety of map products to support humanitarian efforts in Jordan related to the Syria Crisis response.  Aligned with distinct refugee settings (host communities, refugee camps and informal tented settlements), REACH maps are generated based on primary data collected during REACH field assessments, secondary data sources and physical and/or geographic data.

Mapping in Host Communities

To support a number of assessments undertaken in host communities, the REACH GIS team digitized hundreds of community-identified boundaries, referred to as Basic Service Units, in order to aggregate primary data collected in the field to localities rather than larger administrative areas.  These boundaries continue to serve as a basis for understanding trends at the community level.

Mapping in Camps and Informal Settlements

In refugee camp settings, the REACH GIS team is supporting multiple on-going efforts, from site planning and general infrastructure mapping to spatial analysis of thematic assessment data and mapping camp governance structures.  In order to complement the difficult task of assessing some transient populations, the REACH GIS team is also mapping data collected on informal tented settlements collected in the field.

Mapping products

REACH prepares both interactive and static map products.  Static products include soft copy PDF maps which are in high demand by operational actors at the field level. All static maps produced by REACH GIS team in Jordan are available on this platform and can be easily accessed through the “advanced search” function. 


Interactive products developed by REACH include online web maps and the newly developed offline mapping tool, for areas of low connectivity.  To date, REACH GIS Unit has developed two interactive maps which are publicly available at the following links:

Interactive map on host communities in Jordan
Interactive map on refugee camps in Jordan


REACH is a joint initiative of two international non-governmental organisations, ACTED and IMPACT Initiatives,  and  the  United  Nations Operational  Satellite Applications  Programme (UNOSAT). REACH was created in 2010 to facilitate the development of information  tools and  products that  enhance the  capacity  of aid actors  to make  evidence-based decisions in emergency, recovery and development contexts.

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The Resource Centre was developed with the support of the
British Embassy in Amman (Foreign & Commonwealth Office).