Humanitarian shelter and the ethics of self-recovery: A discussion paper

This discussion paper explores the ethics of balancing building back safer with respecting people’s autonomy, and their right to choose their own route to recovery, with reference to a ‘self-recovery’ approach to post-disaster shelter responses.

It is argued that there is no clear-cut answer and that a hybrid standpoint has to be adopted: one that simultaneously recognises that choice and agency must be respected, while also placing a responsibility on the humanitarian community to support families and communities with the best possible information to allow for informed choice. It is shown that an insistence on structural safety not only compromises people’s choice, but can also fail to produce the ‘best shelter outcome’.

Author: Bill Flinn

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: January 2019
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