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Formal Camps

There are four refugee camps in Jordan: Za’atari, Cyber City, Emirates-Jordan Camp, and King Abdullah Park. Since the start of the Syrian conflict, Jordan has received over half a million Syrians, approximately 20% of whom are residing in refugee camps, the majority of which are in Za’atari refugee camp. 

Camp Assessments

REACH camp assessments focus on collecting key humanitarian indicators related to food security, shelter, non-food items, education, health, protection, water hygiene and sanitation (WASH) in order to capture a comprehensive picture of the conditions, priority needs and information gaps in each particular camp context in Jordan. In partnership with UNHCR and UNICEF, REACH conducts regular thematic, demographic and infrastructure assessments in refugee camps.  Data are collected to include the point of view of women, men, boys and girls. Findings are analysed and disseminated through reports and mapping products.  Examples of assessments conducted to date include: population profiling; assessments of key infrastructure; WASH, food security and other thematic assessments.

REACH has developed context-specific tools for assessments in camps, as well as a dedicated Camp Profile template which is used to regularly disseminate findings from camp assessments with all aid actors engaged in the operational response to the needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan. You can find REACH assessment tools and templates through the Advanced Search. 

Za’atari Refugee Camp 

Za’atari Camp is located in the northern Mafraq Governorate and is the most heavily populated refugee camp in Jordan since it opened in July 2012. The camp quickly grew from a modest refugee settlement (with approximately only 10,000 – 20,000 refugees in September 2012) to a population of almost 120,000 in May 2013 spread across 12 camp district. The camp is now standing at 82,000 persons (according to REACH data collected in April 2014).

REACH leads information management efforts in Za’atari refugee camp with a focus on collecting baseline information on camp facilities and localization of services; shelter density; refugee population profile, as well as sector-specific information related to education, food security, health, protection, water, hygiene and sanitation, and any other information requested by camp actors and coordination mechanisms.  Additionally, REACH is also establishing a geo-referenced addressing system in Za’atari camp. The addressing system will facilitate the targeting and traceability of humanitarian aid.


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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