In July of 2018, Ground Truth Solutions published the first of their reports summarising the feedback of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar of the aid they had received.
The reports painted a relatively bleak picture: 77% of respondents reported that their needs were not fully being met by the aid that they receive. Only 60% were satisfied with the cash they received and 43% confessed to having to sell personal items to get by.
More worryingly, only 23% felt they had any say in the aid that was being provided and just 28% said their lives had got better – uncertainly over longer term prospects proving the greatest fear for the Rohingya.
The feedback having been delivered to the aid community working in Cox’s Bazaar, has anything changed? Ground Truth Solutions conducted the survey once again in October 2018, with the results being made available in three brief bulletins recently.
On some significant indicators, it would seem very little. People are still selling aid items for cash, and there remains a strong demand for cash-based programming. Positively, however, some things seem to have improved since the last round in July, namely around the way Rohingya are treated and their trust for humanitarian actors.