One of the principal reasons for counting beneficiaries in
emergency operations is to facilitate distribution of humanitarian assistance.
Given the central importance of distribution in relief programmes, this section
considers in more detail the specific links between quantitative as well as
qualitative data gathering and effective distribution of assistance. RRN Good
Practice Review 3 (Jaspars and Young, 1995) offers a more in-depth guide to
general food distribution in emergencies and it is recommended that this is read
in conjunction with this