Shelter Projects 2010

Shelter Projects 2010 is the third annual compilation of shelter programmes. This book contains summaries of shelter projects that have been implemented in response to conflicts, complex emergencies, and to natural disasters (Section A). It also contains a section on historical shelter projects (Section B) including the sphere handbook which was updated in 2011.

The case studies in this book were implemented by many different organisations, a full list of which can be found in the acknowledgements section (page IV). As a result of the projects being implemented in diverse and often challenging conditions, they illustrate both good and bad practices. From every case study there are lessons that can be learned, and aspects that may be repeated or avoided.

The case studies were selected using the following criteria:

  • The shelter project was whollyor largely complete, or solidlearnings from the project could be gained.
  • Given the scale of emergency shelter need every year, case studies must have had large scale impacts to be included. Discontinued trials or design concepts are not included.
  • The majority of the project must be implemented within the first year following a natural disaster. For conflict-affected populations, chronic emergencies and returns processes, longer time scales were considered.
  • Accurate project information was available from staff involved in the project implementation.
  • The case studies illustrate a diversity of approaches to meet shelter need. Providing shelter is more than simply designing architecturally impressive structures.

Most of the projects in this book respond to a need, providing assistance through construction, materials, cash or training. In addition to responding to shelter needs, some projects show innovative approaches. For some of these projects the major impact is not in terms of number of shelters built but the impacts on policies and behavioural change of the at risk population.

In reading this book, or browsing relevant case studies, it is hoped that readers will be able to draw their own lessons and identify useful techniques and approaches. Readers are encouraged to send in their own projects for future editions. In this way, the humanitarian community can compile good and bad practices and hopefully implement increasingly effective shelter projects in the future.

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