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The combination of conflict, severe drought, and COVID-19 has pushed Afghanistan to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. According to international aid organizations, including the United Nations and World Food Programme (WFP), millions in the country risk famine and their basic necessities going unmet without swift deployment of humanitarian relief. At this stage, however, it has been difficult for agencies to reach people in need, including an estimated 600,000 internally displaced Afghans.

To gather information about the current situation on the ground, GeoPoll conducted a survey in October 2021 amongst urban and rural populations in Afghanistan.

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The survey addressed a number of urgent and nationally important topics, including

  • Employment and income changes
  • Access to essential services (electricity, fuel, water)
  • Access to medical care and education
  • Food supply and spending
  • Humanitarian aid availability and need
  • Displacement and migration

Findings from the survey illustrate the severity of the current crisis. Many Afghans have lost their jobs and/or incomes since July 2021, leaving them extremely concerned about paying their expenses. Most are struggling to find or pay for food to feed their families and have experienced shortages of basic necessities, including electricity, fuel and water. On top of those hardships, limited access to medical care, education, or international aid has forced half the respondents in our study from their homes already, with more planning to move within the next 90 days.

Click below to download the full report of the research findings from this study.

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Collecting Data For International Development and Relief

As recovery and aid efforts continue in Afghanistan, the humanitarian community will require regular data from the country to assess the situation and track progress. Remote surveys and data collection conducted through mobile devices are a fast and cost-effective mechanism for gathering on the ground data.

Over the past decade, GeoPoll has developed a unique remote research system and methodologies supported by an extensive respondent database, as well as the expertise to be able to assist essential humanitarian interventions through the provision of fast, reliable information in any environment and under any circumstance.

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To learn more about GeoPoll’s capabilities in Afghanistan and around the world, please contact us.

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