HUMANITARIAN

ACCESS

OVERVIEW

A snapshot of the most challenging contexts

May 2019

Our analysts looked into nine indicators to rank and compare the humanitarian access levels worldwide


Affected populations in more than 50 countries are not getting proper humanitarian assistance due to access constraints 


Physical constraints and restriction/obstruction of access to services and assistance are the most common challenges


Over the past six months the humanitarian access has deteriorated in Colombia, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Somalia 

Where are the biggest access constraints?

ERITREA

SOMALIA

SYRIA

YEMEN

AFGHANISTAN

CAR

DPRK 

DRC

IRAQ 

LIBYA 

MYANMAR

NIGERIA

PALESTINE 

SOUTH SUDAN

VENEZUELA

inaccessible 

countries

4   

11

nearly

inaccessible 

countries

Eritrea is the country with most information gaps.

Violence against personnel, facilities and assets is a critical issue in Afghanistan, CAR, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Denial of humanitarian needs was marked with the highest score in DPRK, Myanmar and Syria.

Presence of mines and UXO is a critical issue in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, DRC, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen. 

How are the access levels being calculated?

Our methodology groups 

9 indicators under 3 dimensions

• Impediments to entry into country

• Restriction of movement

• Interference with humanitarian activities

• Violence against personnel, facilities, and assets

2. Access of humanitarian actors to affected population 

1. Access of people in need to humanitarian aid

3. Security and physical constraints

Each indicator is given a score from 0 to 3, and marked with an X when there is an information gap identified

The overall access score by country is ranked according to the following scale:


0 - No constraints

1 - Low constraints 

2 - Moderate constraints 

3 - High constraints 

4 - Nearly inaccessible 

5 - Inaccessible 

• Denial of humanitarian needs

• Restriction of access to services and assistance

• Ongoing insecurity / Active hostilities

• Presence of UXO and mines

• Physical constraints

Contact


Angeliki Nika, CrisisInSight Project Manager

an(at)acaps.org