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close this bookHandbook for Emergencies - Second Edition (UNHCR, 1999, 414 p.)
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When to start distribution

2. There is usually a degree of uncertainty when planning distributions. Ideally, distribution of commodities should start only after a full needs assessment has taken place and when the size of the beneficiary population is accurately known. However, the reality of almost all emergency programmes is that distributions must start prior to these ideal conditions being reached. Try not to start distribution until there is at least a minimum framework in place to build upon, and a plan as to how subsequent distributions will be improved.