Amelia Rule

Amelia Rule

Role: Emergency Shelter Advisor

Team: Humanitarian team


I am part of CARE’s Humanitarian Technical Team and deploy specifically in emergencies to support shelter programmes, providing assistance to people who have lost their homes in a natural disaster, conflict or crisis. I have a background in the built environment and urban shelter and settlements, training as an architect in London before I started to work in the emergency shelter sector in 2009. Initially working for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), then the British Red Cross, my work has focused on urban post-disaster recovery and community resilience through participatory programming.

At CARE I am especially interested in good shelter programming with a focus on gender, incorporating activities which address gender inequalities and GBV mitigation directly into projects. I have supported shelter projects in various countries including Lebanon, Nepal and Haiti. I lead on developing good practice guidance in gender and shelter, as well as a toolkit which aims to address gender-based violence mitigation in shelter programming. These tools have been adopted by other shelter advisors and supported by the Shelter Cluster. Our approach to providing assistance focuses on supporting families to recover their shelter and lives in the way they choose, through self-recovery. CARE aims to build on families’ own capacities and encourages better construction and better shelter through achievable changes in practice and behaviour. Shelter is not necessarily about providing a complete home, even small improvements can make a big difference to people’s safety.

One good thing I’ve read

A book I constantly refer back to in my work is Small change by Nabeel Hamdi which demonstrates the power of small changes that have huge positive effects in development settings.


Twitter: @ameliarule