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

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) stands at the forefront of the humanitarian community’s shelter and settlements (S&S) activities, which focus on a common goal: the expeditious and appropriate provision of covered living space to adequately shelter displaced populations, while also promoting safer, healthier settlements and linking emergency S&S assistance to longer-term development efforts. USAID/OFDA contributes to the international humanitarian community’s broader S&S strategic framework through participation in the Shelter and Settlements Working Group—an open membership group hosted by InterAction—and the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action. USAID/OFDA also participates in Global Shelter and Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster activities. In Fiscal Year 2015, USAID/OFDA provided more than $51 million for humanitarian S&S assistance and shelter-related risk reduction activities, including approximately $50 million for S&S interventions in 22 countries and nearly $900,000 for global and regional S&S initiatives. In addition, USAID/OFDA allocated more than $2.7 million to purchase more than 7,500 rolls of plastic sheeting—sufficient to provide emergency shelter assistance for 75,000 households.


Shelter and Settlements Resources

Last updated: November 23, 2015

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