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) remains 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 that link emergency S&S assistance to longer-term recovery efforts.

USAID/OFDA contributes to the international humanitarian community’s broader S&S strategic framework through participation in the S&S Working Group, an open membership group hosted by InterAction; the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action; and the Global Shelter and Camp Coordination and Camp Management clusters. USAID/OFDA also recently participated in the Sphere Handbook revision effort.

In Fiscal Year 2017, USAID/OFDA provided more than $122 million for S&S disaster response and disaster risk reduction activities, including $121.6 million for S&S interventions in 29 countries and nearly $800,000 for global and regional S&S initiatives.

In addition, USAID/OFDA allocated more than $4.1 million to purchase more than 10,500 rolls of plastic sheeting and more than 18,600 plastic sheeting tarpaulins—sufficient to provide emergency shelter for an estimated 123,700 households, or 618,600 people.

Learn the basics of shelter and settlements in humanitarian response through the following online trainings:  

Shelter and Settlements Resources

Last updated: April 06, 2018

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