UK Shelter Forum 18

The theme of this forum will be 'Risk and Responsibility': Humanitarian shelter projects and practitioners often place significant emphasis on stronger, 'better' buildings, aiming to reduce the risk of those building collapsing in future events. Associated with this is a range of standards and expectations, and often serious concerns about liability for unsafe buildings. This forum aims to explore the risks faced by vulnerable populations and how those risks affect their choices and priorities - and what 'better' means to them. It will ask where responsibility for minimising these risks lies and to question whether all these risks, choices & priorities are adequately reflected in humanitarian shelter programmes and the shelters or buildings that result.