Browse by Theme: Shelter

This discussion paper provides insights into the funding, reach and potential impact of Shelter Cluster-activated responses to rapid-onset disasters between 2007 and 2017. It highlights the information and knowledge gaps and challenges related to understanding impact faced by the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) and suggests initial points for improvement in gathering and managing information about the sector’s impact.



November 2018

When emergencies strike, CARE works to meet people’s basic shelter needs: protection from the elements, security and a base for their livelihoods. CARE’s approach to shelter creates an enabling environment to mobilise the skills, experience, capacities and resources of affected populations so that they are supported as active agents of their own change.

Our 5 principles of shelter are:

  1. The affected population is the first responder and the most important stakeholder
  2. Shelter responses are always context specific
  3. Shelter programmes should be holistic and integrated
  4. There is a multitude of options for the delivery of shelter programmes
  5. A strong focus on the needs of women and girls

CARE shelter experts currently form part of the Promoting Safer Building (PSB) research team - an interdisciplinary research project led by the Overseas Development Institute in collaboration with CARE International, EPICentre (UCL), the British Geological Survey and Loughborough University.

The projects focus on understanding and supporting people’s own choices and efforts to rebuild and self-recover following natural disasters. The overall aim of the project is to inform humanitarian shelter practice and improve its impact.

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Why we must work with refugees from Myanmar on mid-term shelter in the Bangladesh refugee camps - James Morgan, Shelter and Site Management Specialist, considers the challenges of shifting from short-term emergency response to longer-term support and ensuring families and communities are at the centre of the process

What is self-recovery? – The challenge for humanitarian agencies - reflecting on a study after Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in late 2013, Tom Newby, Head of Humanitarian, asks what we mean by self-recovery, and what does support to self-recovery look like?

The case for self-recovery - article in Forced Migration Review by CARE's shelter team experts Bill Flinn, Holly Schofield and Luisa Miranda Morel on the sectors development of effective and appropriate approaches to supporting the practice of self-recovery for affected people

Self-recovery in Nepal: Reflecting with practitioners - blog by the PSB team about a roundtable discussion held in the Dhading District of Nepal with local practitioners, academics, policymakers and affected communities to reflect on the self-recovery programmes in the area since the devastating earthquakes in 2015.

PSB2 What we are doing and where we are going with the research - blog giving an overview of the PSB project as it begins its second phase of the programme, gathering its publications to date and reaffirming the objectives and activities

Shelter in emergencies: What we can learn from self-recovery in Vanuatu? - five months after cyclone Pam caused devastation on the island nation of Vanuatu, CARE's Bill Flinn reflects on strategic approachs to shelter recovery


I’ve just returned from Bangladesh where I’ve been working with CARE’s shelter team to build ‘mid-term shelters’ for refugees who have fled from Myanmar. With the camps now in place for a year, what are the challenges of shifting from short-term emergency response to longer-term support – and how can we make sure that families and communities are at the centre of the process?


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?


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


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.


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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