Shelter assistance: gaps in the evidence

This discussion paper provides insights into the funding, reach and potential impact of Shelter Cluster-activated responses to rapid-onset disasters between 2007 and 2017. It highlights the information and knowledge gaps and challenges related to understanding impact faced by the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) and suggests initial points for improvement in gathering and managing information about the sector’s impact.There is little quantitative data demonstrating the impact of humanitarian shelter assistance as part of recovery. This study seeks to address this gap by presenting and discussing existing numerical evidence about the reach and impact of post-disaster programmes implemented by the international humanitarian shelter sector, including those that seek to support ‘self-recovery’.The project was an inter-disciplinary partnership between the Overseas Development Institute, CARE International, University College London (EPICentre), British Geological Survey and Loughborough University.For further information, visit