Browse by Theme: Shelter

We’ve just published a study of six agencies’ ‘support to shelter self-recovery’ programmes after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in late 2013. But what do we mean by self-recovery, and what does support to self-recovery look like?

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A review of shelter self-recovery projects in the Philippines, and their lessons for the shelter sector.

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The number and diversity of Support for Shelter Self-Recovery (SSSR) programmes implemented following super typhoon Haiyan provides a unique opportunity to capture lessons, challenges and best practices. This research aimed to synthesise learning from several SSSR programmes in order to improve policy and practice in future humanitarian responses.

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This paper presents the findings from a pilot research project in the Philippines and Nepal that investigated how disaster-affected households in low- and middle-income countries rebuild their homes in situations where little or no support is available from humanitarian agencies.

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CARE has made a long-term commitment to strengthening gender equality and women’s voice in both emergency and development contexts. These guidelines aim to provide those involved in planning and managing emergency shelter preparedness, response, or construction activities or programmes, with clear and practical guidance on how to integrate gender in the shelter sector.

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CARE Philippines responded to the devastation of the November 2013 Haiyan/Yolanda typhoon with extensive shelter and livelihoods programmes. This report evaluates the shelter response which used a self-recovery approach, providing almost 16,000 families with cash, materials and tools coupled with relevant technical assistance. It also analyses the relationship between shelter and livelihood programmes.

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After disasters many international agencies, including CARE, undertake a whole range of projects to help affected people recover, including the construction of houses. These may be described as all sorts of things, including temporary shelter, transitional shelter, durable shelter, semi-permanent shelter, core houses or permanent houses. Which description is used often seems almost arbitrary, decided by a mixture of assumptions about people’s recovery, donor mandates and priorities, government policy and the level of expertise available in agencies. The description rarely matches reality.

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