Shelter after Disaster

Shelter Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS)

The Shelter Learning and Advisory Service offers a consultancy service to humanitarian and aid organisations involved in rebuilding after disasters.

While there have been successful shelter programmes, it is unfortunately the case that the overall picture is one of low quality and missed opportunities. At the heart of the challenges facing the shelter sector is the need to improve the standard of response: to help families and those seeking to help to build better, safer, more durable and more dignified homes.

Central to the Shelter Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS) is the aim of improving the quality of reconstruction after the devastation and trauma of natural disaster. This relies on a developmental understanding of shelter engaging social, economic and political concerns; good practice, where those affected are engaged in decisions concerning their own shelter and livelihoods needs; professional inputs in the form of good design and sound engineering to known standards; and local expertise and practice in developing solutions.

To these ends the service aims to:

  • Provide advice on engineering and construction
  • Help with needs assessment, hazard analysis, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance
  • Place consultants in the field and/or remotely supporting in-country teams from the UK
  • Initiate a continuous and supportive role to shelter programmes from the initial stages to final evaluation

Any assistance to a programme would recognise that every circumstance is unique and has to be considered alongside the medium term needs and aspirations of the effected families. The service will also encourage new personnel into the sector through mentoring schemes and through research and internship opportunities.

For further information contact Bill Flinn at


Bill Flinn

Centre for Development and Emergency Practice

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 483200
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 483298