The Shelter Meeting is an inclusive global 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.
See also other relevant fora on our sector links page, including for coordination, the Global Shelter Cluster annual events, and for practitioners, the Regional Shelter Forums and the Shelter and Settlements Working Group of InterAction.
Shelter Meeting 23 will take place on Friday 23rd June 2023, the last day of the Global Shelter Cluster Annual Meeting. Participation will be live worldwide via video conference, and in-person at IFRC, Chemin des Crêts 17, 1209 Geneva, Switzerland.
Please click on this link to register to attend the Meeting.
Special thanks to IASC Global Shelter Cluster, IFRC, UNHCR for agreeing to host and InterAction, USAID/BHA for funding this Meeting. We are excited to welcome all the participants who will join us online and in-person in Geneva.
Eligibility and conditions
Eligibility and conditions have been determined by the Shelter Meeting community through plenary vote and through feedback forms at each meeting. Please see our Shelter Meeting governance section for how this works.
Eligible to participate are governments, donors, IASC clusters, United Nations bodies, International Organisations, the Red Cross Movement, national and international Non-Governmental Organisations, development actors, independent humanitarian specialists and academic research bodies.
Members of the armed forces or foreign offices of governments are not normally eligible to participate in Shelter Meetings as, in accordance with the Red Cross Code of Conduct, both the Shelter Meeting and Shelter Centre endeavour not to act as instruments of government foreign policy.
All profit-making organisations are ineligible to attend the Shelter Meeting. Proactive efforts have been made to engage the private sector, however, such as through the Shelter Partners Forum. Shelter Centre is always open to receiving expressions of interest for supporting interfaces between the humanitarian and private sectors through independent fora.
To encourage sharing and free discussion, presenters normally allow their presentations to be summarised and shared online, however Shelter Centre events are held generally under the Chatham House Rule:
“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”
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A theme is agreed for each event. Presentations may either be related to the theme, or be generally relevant to our shared community of practice, meeting the objectives for the Shelter Meeting which have evolved as part of the community feedback process to encompass the following.
- Inclusivity: who else should participate and how might we engage them?
- Prioritisation: what gaps exist in current technical guidance and resources?
- Collaboration: on-going projects that would benefit from peer-reviews
- Consensus: share good practice and lessons learned from the field
- Capacity: announcements of publications, events or trainings
Live video conferencing
All Shelter Meetings are supported by live video conferencing, accessible worldwide through your web browser. This means that wherever you are in the world, you can still make a presentation and join the conversation. Shelter Meetings are currently the only inter-sector technical forum available enabling inclusive, global participation by diversifying methods of connection, such as pioneering live video conferencing and linking past presentations to related content, to aid learning. Supporting a wider audience opens discussion up among all humanitarians, linking global, regional and national stakeholders.
The Shelter Meeting was developed into a global sector forum from peer review meetings for the publication ‘Transitional Settlement: Displaced Populations’, managed by the University of Cambridge Shelter Project.
Each Shelter Meeting is hosted by a different agency, offering focus for those agencies internally, to colleagues, and externally, as a demonstration of their focus. Shelter Meeting hosts and co-hosts kindly offer assistance for venue and costs and often provide rapporteurs.
Hosts have included CARE-UK, DFID, HFHI, IASC GSC, ICRC, IFRC, IOM, MSF, NRC, SDC/HA, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNHCR, UNOCHA, USAID/OFDA and World Bank GFDRR. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your agency wishes to host a Meeting.
Since 2011, funding has been on an ad hoc basis, including: the IASC GSC, NRC, UNOPS and USAID/OFDA. Continuity of funding is sought for Shelter Meetings.
2006 – 2011, Shelter Meetings were funded by DFID through programme funding.
2004 – 2006, Shelter Meetings were funded by DFID as project funding through the University of Cambridge Shelter Project.
On the last day of the Global Shelter Cluster Annual Meeting on Friday, 08 July 2022 we had the Shelter Meeting 22. Thank you to everyone who joined us online and in-person. A special thank you to IASC Global Shelter Cluster, IFRC, InterAction, UNHCR, USAID/BHA for hosting and funding this year’s Shelter Meeting.
At this event, 280 participants registered online and in-person. Presentations were held by local non-governmental organisations, international non-governmental organisations, Red Cross Movement member organisations, UN agencies, IASC Global WASH Cluster, donor representatives from ECHO FCDO and USAID BHA, and academic institutions.
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All presentations of the Shelter Meeting 22 are now available on the Humanitarian Library. Hundreds of past presentations are being migrated into channels on the Shelter Meeting Collection on the Humanitarian Library’s Shelter Meeting Channel, presented next to thousands of related publications and tools, also offering opportunities for Library users to comment upon and discuss each presentation.
In order for us to know how to improve future Shelter Meetings, we ask you to fill this online feedback form by 02 August 2022.
The form has space for you to seek for more information about the presentations (see agenda), as well as suggest themes for subsequent Shelter Meetings and ways in which the event can better serve you – it remains your Meeting.
Additional thematic events have been requested by past participants and hosts of Shelter Meetings. These events are to discuss in detail specific technical topics.
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You can find details on the following thematic events to the right.
Settlements Approach event
Date: 21 September and 7 October 2016
Hosted as part of the Shelter Meeting
The proposed new innovative Settlement Approach involves characteristic described by Elizabeth Parker and Victoria Maynard in ‘Humanitarian response to urban crises a review of area-based approaches’:
“Analysis of the policy and practice literature indicates that in an urban context, area-based approaches typically share three common characteristics; they are geographically targeted, and adopt a multi-sectoral, participatory approach.”
The Settlements Approach event was split into two one-day fora to reach a wider audience and engage both the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster (CCCM) and the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC).
Presentations from the Settlements Approach event are being migrated into channels on the Humanitarian Library. Please check back in 2017 to search the thematic events channels.
Shelter Partners Forum
Date: 1 December 2010.
Preceded: Shelter Meeting 10b
The Shelter Partners Forum enabled private sector capacity to discuss with the humanitarian shelter community common priorities to promote collaboration. This forum offered a sustainable opportunity for international humanitarian organisations to engage with leading private construction sector capacity. Conclusions suggest that although there is strong interest in an interface with the private sector, there are limited resources to fund it.
Presentations from the Shelter Partners Forum are being migrated into channels on the Humanitarian Library. Please check back in 2017 to search the thematic events channels.
Transitional Shelter Day
Date: 26 May 2010
Preceded: Shelter Meeting 10a
This event offered an opportunity for those engaged in transitional shelter programming to discuss and share good practice for two topics as presented below.
- Transitional shelters, built with local materials, concluded with the project launch of the Transitional Shelter Guidelines.
- Transitional tents, for stockpile and airlift, offer a new generation of humanitarian tents. Prototypes by seven different manufacturers were exhibited and reviewed. Common standards for a new generation of humanitarian emergency shelter were agreed by the aid community.
Presentations from the Transitional Shelter Day are being migrated into channels on the Humanitarian Library. Please check back in 2017 to search the thematic events channels.
Shelter and Climate Conference
Date: 19 Nov 2008
Preceded: Shelter Meeting 08b
This event discussed how trends in population movement, global security and changes in climatic patterns impact shelter and settlements, as well as opportunities for mitigation and adaptation.
Presentations from the Shelter and Climate Conference are being migrated into channels on the Humanitarian Library. Please check back in 2017 to search the thematic events channels.
The Humanitarian Meeting is a pioneering and innovative initiative for a technical practitioner event which links technical conversations across sectors of activity, for example common topics of interest to shelter and WASH. It provides an interface for technical discussions complementary to the global sectorial coordination mechanisms of the IASC cluster system.
The Humanitarian Meeting aims to support all stakeholders at regional and national levels, encouraging practitioners to meet with other sectorial communities of practice to share new approaches, experiences and lessons learned.
If you would like more information about the Humanitarian Meeting, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org