Promoting Safer Building Working Group

In November 2016, a consortium of CARE International UK, Overseas Development Institute, British Geological Survey and EpiCentre (University College London) won a grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund to initiate a 9-month practice development research programme. This was matched with funds from CARE UK. Taken together this is seen as the first stage of the Promoting Safer Building project. Funding is being sought for further stages.The overall Promoting Safer Building proposal addresses the needs of those who self-build. It specifically addresses three important gaps: 1. Understanding the recovery process: how to understand and support both the needs and choices of disaster affected people, support them to overcome obstacles to recovery, and allow them to take control of their own recovery. Where do we as external actors support and intervene; 2. Technical best practice: what are the key construction best practice messages that will make a substantial improvement to the safety and robustness of houses, in different contexts (hazards; building typology; social, cultural and economic contexts)? How do we assess local contexts and decide what technical messages to prioritise?; 3. Changing construction practices both before and after disasters: Learning from and improving on current technology transfer and public education approaches, what communication, teaching and promotion methods really work? How do we make promotion of safer building effective and central to shelter programming?The Promoting Safer Building project has been granted the endorsement of the Global Shelter Cluster, by becoming a working group that is now co-led between CARE International UK and CRATerre. As part of its activities,  a common protocol on the selection and communication of contextualised key technical information for the promotion of safer reconstruction will be developed. The WG will also work on the country profiles developed so far by CRAterre as one of the deliverables of this protocol.