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close this bookCARE Food Manual (CARE , 1998, 355 p.)
close this folderChapter 11 - Food Distribution To Sites
close this folderIV. Registering Beneficiaries
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View the documentA. Functions and Responsibilities
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View the documentD. Special Circumstances During Emergencies
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D. Special Circumstances During Emergencies

Registering participants in the first month or two of an emergency program may not be possible. Initial constraints on beneficiary registration include:

· A large influx of refugees
· A long border in remote, difficult terrain
· Lack of administrative resources, including staff, vehicles, and communications
· Medical, sanitation, water, and food needs
· Difficulty in locating community leaders to assist in the registration
· Difficulty in communications
· No initial agreements or contracts with the host governments and no mandate for registration to take place.

If a country office is having difficulties in registering a target population, regional managers and the Food Security Unit at CARE USA Headquarters and/or CI Headquarters and/or local representatives of donors must be contacted and informed of the cause of the problems and the steps being taken to register people. CARE should begin registering participants as quickly as possible after the operation begins, before leaders begin to seek personal advantage. The later the registration, the more difficult generating cooperation becomes. Despite difficulties during emergency start up programs, all CARE emergency projects must have registration procedures in place at the end of the first month of operation.