ACAPS enables crisis responders to better understand and thereby better address the world’s disasters
Our team passionately believes better information is critical to delivering more effective and appropriate humanitarian action to crisis-affected people.
Our information products and insight can be used by humanitarians to make better decisions, and our training and methodology work supports others to develop better assessments and analysis.
In a humanitarian crisis, making decisions is a challenge. The situation is constantly changing and information is scarce. Humanitarian actors must be able to zoom in on important details as well as see the big picture, fast.
Needs assessment and analysis are vital
Our mission is to contribute towards a shared situation awareness within the humanitarian community, thereby enabling effective, evidence-based humanitarian decision-making.
If we do our job well…
- Lives that may otherwise have been threatened or lost will be protected and saved.
- Resources will be effectively used through more timely and better targeted interventions that prevent crises from escalating
- Communities will be progressively more resilient through the provision of more appropriate support
- Humanitarian responders will be better able to work together on assessing and analysing the needs of affected populations
- Humanitarian work will be more accountable
ACAPS (Assessment Capacities Project) was established in 2009 with the aim of supporting the humanitarian community with all aspects of humanitarian needs assessments. At the time there was no commonly accepted coordinated multi-sector assessment methodology and a capacity gap of experts to carry them out.
Initially, ACAPS was set up as a two-year project to address these gaps. However, as ACAPS gained experience, a lack of independent analytical capacity was identified as a functional gap in the system. ACAPS therefore increased its focus on analysis. Today, as well as providing independent support, ACAPS continues to embed within and support the humanitarian system.