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Author: Tom Corsellis
Channel Type: Training

Shelter Meeting 18b took place in Geneva on Friday 5th October 2018 on the theme of ‘Global terms for shelter response options and how we localise them’. The event was facilitated by Shelter Centre and hosted by UNHCR Shelter and Settlement Section. We hope you enjoyed the day and found the event an informative and valuable experience. 73 participants registered, including 29 online for live video-conferencing, with representatives from 3 IASC clusters 3 UN agencies, 2 Red Cross Movement agencies, 11 NGOs, 3 academic institutions, as well as many independent humanitarian practitioners.     

Author: Shelter Centre
Channel Type: Thematic
Keywords: shelter meeting

Shelter Meeting 18 took place in Geneva on Friday 6th July 2018, on the theme of “The Settlements Approach and Urban Response”. You can search and download presentations from the meeting here. The event was led by Shelter Centre and IMPACT Initiatives in coordination with the Global Shelter Cluster Urban Settlements Working Group, was hosted by Club Suisse de la Presse and received generous funding from USAID OFDA and DG-ECHO. 144 participants registered, including 86 online for live video-conferencing, with representatives from 3 IASC clusters, 4 UN agencies, 5 Red Cross Movement agencies, 24 NGOs, 5 academic institutions, as well as many independent humanitarian practitioners. This collection is part of the Shelter Meeting Channel on the Humanitarian Library.

Author: Erika Palmieri
Channel Type: Thematic

A collection related to HLP issues for shelters in urban settings.

Author: Erika Palmieri
Channel Type: Thematic

A collection of resources related to Sheltering in urban settlements.

Author: Matt Kinsella
Location: Philippines
Channel Type: Thematic

A collection of resources relating to the Typhoon Haiyan Shelter response.

This channel presents summary materials relating to the Technical Repair and Rehabilitation Guidelines for cross-border shelter operations in Syria. Upon request, additional channels will be created which present materials on specific sections of the Guidelines.

Author: Bo Hurkmans
Channel Type: Thematic

The Shelter Meeting is an annual conference for humanitarian technical practitioners, constituting a state-of-the-art meeting involving live video conferencing, including good practice case studies, the peer review of sector projects and the prioritisation and knowledge sharing in the humanitarian sector. The Shelter Meeting is your opportunity to promote your priorities and share your experience, whether related to the event theme, or generally relevant to our shared community of practice. Shelter Meeting 17 theme: "self-recovery and the settlements approach". Attended by 3 donors (IASC Global Shelter Cluster, UNOPS and USAID/OFDA), 4 United Nations agencies and 24 NGOs. Hosted by Club Suisse de la Presse.

Author: Tom Corsellis
Location: Worldwide
Channel Type: Thematic

This collection of guidance, standards and training materials is intended to support the planning and management of open camps established in response to both natural disasters and complex emergencies, understanding that camps should be established only as part of a comprehensive shelter and settlement strategy, involving explorations of alternatives to camps.

Shelter in Urban Emergencies is a RedR UK training event in conjuction with LLoyds trust. The aim of the training is to bring together experienced Shelter humanitarians as presenters and participants to explore and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively work in the early stages of an urban emergency.

Aid agencies have struggled to effectively respond recent urban emergencies. One of the main gaps of response is a lack of Shelter experts with urban response expertise. An urban emergency is much more complex than many rural or camp-focused emergencies. The kind of response required is greatly affected by the type of disaster and the different urban environments, whether huge cities; medium sized towns; peri-urban or slum areas. Aid agencies are much less significant players in urban responses, as their available resources are often dwarfed by those of existing service providers.

It is crucial for effective urban disaster response to build strong relations with national and municipal authorities as well as private sector service suppliers, and to work within existing legislation and long term plans for the cities.

Working with communities is as important as ever, but communities are less tightly defined and engagement becomes more complex: communities are unlikely to be geographically-identified but instead based around common interests or, for instance, income opportunities. Typical emergency Shelter responses are often inappropriate in urban areas: local authorities and existing infrastructure must be respected; camp setups are not always an appropriate solution or physically possible as space is limited and land ownership disputed.

Sector(s): Education
Author: rafiei_jafar
Channel Type: Training

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Author: Louis Vine
Location: Iraq
Channel Type:

This channel is a growing resource focusing on the use of abandoned and unfinished buildings in Iraq.

Photo: Bethany Williams, Medair.

Author: Louis Vine
Location: Iraq
Channel Type:
Keywords: Iraq, shelter, WASH, CCCM

This channel is a working project aimed at developing a prioritisation tool for resource distribution in Iraq.

Author: Louis Vine
Location: Iraq
Channel Type:

A collection of resources relating to Iraq CCCM NFIs.

Author: Louis Vine
Location: Iraq
Channel Type:
Keywords: WASH, Iraq, NFIs

This channel is a collection of WASH NFIs resources relating to Iraq.

Author: Louis Vine
Location: Iraq
Channel Type:
Keywords: Iraq, housing, NFIs, shelter

This channel aims to bring together resources relating to Shelter and Housing NFIs in Iraq. It also draws on other responses to give a wider range of resources.

Author: Louis Vine
Location: Iraq
Channel Type: Operation
Keywords: Iraq, housing, shelter

This channel attempts to bring together resources related to housing and shelter in Iraq with the view to assist in the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country.

Author: Louis Vine
Location: London
Channel Type:

This channel attempts to bring together resources focused on rental support and cash programming.

Author: Dominic Courage
Channel Type:

Collection of documents relevant to SC programming

Author: The Admin
Location: Philippines
Channel Type: References


 We welcomed participation in-person and online from over 25 countries by representatives from 44 different agencies, including 2 donors, 2 IASC clusters, 3 United Nations bodies, 1 International Organisation, ICRC, IFRC, 3 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, 13 NGOs, 29 independent humanitarian shelter specialists and 6 academic and research institutions. 

Host -   IASC Global Shelter Cluster

The IASC Global Shelter Cluster kindly agreed to act as host for the meeting, following the tradition of different agencies hosting different Shelter Meetings.

'Response Options' was the theme of the meeting, with breakout groups covering the areas of 'Response Options' and 'Technical Sector Priorities'.  

Although this is the beginning of conversations on these two themes, we are hopeful that the ideas brought forward at Shelter Meeting 14 will continue to will continue to be discussed and evolve into concrete positive changes.



Welcome, Agenda & Introduction, Shelter Centre and Joseph Ashmore (IOM), Tom Newby, CARE International, IASC Global Shelter Cluster TiWG
09h15 Tropical Cyclones -- differentials of damage, James Sheperd-Barron, Independent
09h30 UAVs in the humanitarian response', Rob Fielding, Medair


Update on the ICRC Shelter program in Philippines', Olivier Bernard and Javier Cordoba, ICRC


Technical coordination tools and guidelines - Shelter Cluster Philippines', Caroline Dewast, IFRC


Innovative approaches to NFIs from DRC', Giulia Frontini, Catholic Relief Services DR Congo


IFRC-SRU update on work in progress', Cecilia Braedt, IFRC-SRU


The shelter and settlements working group: looking ahead', Hilmi Mohamed, InterAction


Breakout Session 'Technical Sector Priorities', chaired by Joseph Ashmore, IOM


Breakout group 1 - Settlement, urban infrastructure, facilitated by LeGrand Malany, USAID OFDA


Breakout group 2 - Fora, partnerships, processes, facilitated by Annika Grafweg, The Border Consortium


Breakout group 3 - Hardware, tools, guidance, facilitated by Cecilia Braedt, IFRC-SRU


Breakout group 4 - Capacity building, training, facilitated by Hilmi Mohamed, InterAction SSWG


Breakout group 5 - Knowledge sharinglearningfacilitated by Jim Kennedy, Independent


Breakout group 6 - Open session for other priorities, facilitated by Dave Hodgkin, independent




'Menu of Options', Seki Hirano, Catholic Relief Services


'Shelter and cash transfer programming', Jake Zarins, Nowegian Refugee Council


Breakout Session 'Response Options', chaired by Kip Scheidler, Habitat for Humanity International


Breakout group 1 - Settlement, urban infrastructure, facilitated by Lee Malany, USAID OFDA


Breakout group 2 - Self-recovery, repair, retrofitting, facilitated by Tom Newby, CARE International


Breakout group 3 - Rental, hosting and cash, facilitated by Maggie Stephenson, University College London / HFHI


Breakout group 4 - Tents and NFIs, facilitated by Seki Hirano, Catholic Relief Services


Breakout group 5 - Transitional shelter and housing, facilitated by Hilmi Mohammed, InterAction SSWG,


'A community on the move: the voluntary resettlement project of Dona Ana, Colombia', Sandra D'Urzo, IFRC


General Announcements


'Shelter Projects 2013-2014', Sandra D'Urzo, IFRC


'Humanitarian Architecture- 15 Stories of Architects Working after Disaster'Sandra D'Urzo, IFRC


'Improved Shelter For Responding to Floods in Pakistan: A Report', Joseph Ashmore (IOM), Arup, DFID and IOM


 CCCM desk review on urban and outside of camp displacement (UDOC)


 'The World Bank contribution to durable solutions for post-crisis displacement', Gaetano Vivo, World Bank


'Catalyzing Self-Recovery', Kip Scheidler, Habitat for Humanity International


'Self-recovery & Stronger Buildings', Tom Newby, CARE International


'Refugee Led Natural Resource and Housing Management', Annika Grafweg, The Border Consortium


WRC2, the PDNA and DRF: what could they mean for humanitarian shelter?’, Maggie Stephenson, University College


'Urbanism in Humanitarian Settings', Kate Crawford, University College London


'Design, Planning and Implementation of Shelter Assistance Programs in the Context of Settlement?', Mustafa Omar, Shelter for Life



Author: Amanda Wigfall
Location: World
Channel Type: Training
Keywords: shelter

NRC shelter programmes include non-physical and physical construction shelter support. Non-physical shelter support describes rental and host families support. Physical construction shelter support refers to the four options for building back better, which are retrofit, repair, rebuild and relocate, as well as to maintenance, tents and transitional shelter.