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close this bookCommodity Distribution, A Practical Guide for Field Staff (United Nations High Commission for Refugee, 1997, 77 p.)
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View the documentPurpose of this guide and how to use it
View the documentGlossary
View the documentKey Points
Open this folder and view contentsI. Overview
Open this folder and view contentsII. GETTING STARTED
Open this folder and view contentsIII. HOW TO CHOOSE AND SET UP A SYSTEM
Open this folder and view contentsIV. INVOLVING THOSE CONCERNED
View the documentV. MANAGEMENT
Open this folder and view contentsVI. SPECIAL ISSUES
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 1 - Reporting on Food Distribution
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 2 - Reporting on Non-Food Items Distribution
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 3 - Reporting on Food Distribution
View the documentAnnex 4 - Household Monitoring Report
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 5 - Post Distribution Monitoring
View the documentAnnex 6 - Bibliography

Annex 4 - Household Monitoring Report

This can be carried out in three ways:


Individual household-level questioning and observation

Key informant interviews

Focus group discussions

Results from each of these methods can be cross checked with the others.

Individual household level

This is an essential part of any monitoring system. It involves visiting a selection of refugee homes/shelters and asking questions of the family members as well as observing the actual conditions. Physical conditions of shelters, sanitation, etc. should be noted. The presence and quantity of distributed commodities should be noted, e.g. plastic sheeting, kitchen sets, food quantity/type etc. Weighing of food found in the household is not recommended as this can be highly misleading.

A wide number of households should be visited near/far in relation to distribution points and other services.

Women in each household must be questioned on their access to the distribution, appropriateness of the ration, any difficulties created by the type of non-food items etc.

Key Informant Interviews

Interviews are held with individuals selected for their knowledge of the situation in general or of a particular aspect of it. Key informants usually include teachers, religious leaders, womens group representatives, traders, camp committee members, government officials and local staff of agencies.

Focus Group Discussions

Focus groups can be composed of people selected widely from the whole camp, from a particular area of the camp, from a particular group within the population (e.g. women). The composition of your focus group will depend on what exactly you are trying to find out. However within any given category you must include women in the group (unless it is a category which usually does not include women, e.g. ex-combatants).

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