Shelter after Disaster

Enhancing learning & research for humanitarian assistance (ELRHA)

CENDEP partnered with Care International UK in order to improve learning and planning opportunities in the NGO shelter sector. This innovative partnership evolved thanks to funding support from the ELRHA initiative. "ELRHA is the first collaborative network dedicated to supporting partnerships between Higher Education institutions in the UK and humanitarian organisations and partners around the world." (quoted from ELRHA website)

The overall objective of the programme was to improve the post-disaster shelter capacity of NGOs, which was achieved through facilitating learning and improving practice. The programme aimed specifically to encourage new personnel into the shelter sector, thereby widening the pool of experienced and highly professional humanitarian staff.

Additionally, it explored science, technology and innovation as a means to creating sound engineering and good construction techniques, to ensure future shelter projects are built to known standards of hazard resistance. Through learning, documentation and dissemination, the programme aimed to build up a body of knowledge and experience in the area of shelter so as to promote, develop and put into practice the principles of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in shelter response.

CENDEP and Care International UK aimed to achieve several long term outcomes from this programme. Primarily, the programme created a strengthened post disaster shelter delivery sector. Enhanced expertise within the sector was achieved as a result of the practice-based education in shelter after disaster. Additionally, a strengthened NGO and university collaboration in post disaster shelter was formed with strong links to practice and learning. This was reinforced by the increased number of professional personnel trained and experienced in the shelter sector. The results of which are that practice in the field (INGOs, country offices and local NGOs) is better placed to execute high quality shelter programmes for people affected by disasters.


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