01/06/2010
Alena Koscalova and Elena Lucchi

The purpose of this evaluation was to review the experience in needs assessment and response to displacement in open settings. For the evaluation process, six interventions were reviewed: MSF Operational Centre Geneva (OCG) interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (Haut-Uélé), Djibouti, Cameroon and Iraq; Operational Centre Brussels (OCB) interventions in South Africa and Pakistan; and partial review of Operational Centre Paris (OCP) experience in Pakistan. Challenges identified include invisibility, geographical spread, multiple displacements, security constraints and the constantly changing environment. Displacements happen in an environment with fluctuating availability of resources and an infrastructure, which functions to variable extents.