Shelter and Settlements

 Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, USAID/OFDA took a community-based approach to recovery
Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, USAID/OFDA took a community-based approach to recovery, working with partners and residents to provide two-story transitional shelters in the Ravine Pintade neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.
Chuck Setchell, USAID/OFDA

In the wake of a major disaster that damages and destroys homes, USAID provides shelter and settlement (S&S) assistance to address immediate needs and support the overall recovery process. USAID also implements S&S-related disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities prior to the onset of disasters. Program design emphasizes safer structures and safer settlements, separate spaces for women and children, utilization of local building materials, re-use of rubble and debris, and basic settlements planning to promote privacy, dignity, security, and DRR.

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is at the forefront of the humanitarian community’s S&S activities, all of which revolve around a common goal: the expeditious and appropriate provision of covered living space to adequately shelter displaced populations. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, USAID/OFDA provided nearly $26 million in humanitarian shelter assistance and shelter-related risk reduction activities, including nearly $24 million for shelter interventions in 14 countries and approximately $2 million for global and regional S&S initiatives. USAID/OFDA also continues to contribute to the broader S&S strategic framework within the international humanitarian community, including support of the North American S&S Network, an open membership working group hosted by InterAction.

Shelter and Settlements Archive

Last updated: March 06, 2014

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