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, all of which revolve around 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 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 Shelter and Settlements Working Group (SSWG)—an open membership group hosted by InterAction—and support of the annual Shelter Projects report, spearheaded jointly by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the U.N. Human Settlements Program. In FY 2014, USAID/OFDA provided more than $39 million in humanitarian S&S assistance and shelter-related risk reduction activities, including more than $36 million for S&S interventions in 18 countries, and nearly $3 million for global and regional S&S initiatives.

An on-line e-learning version of the USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements sector one-day training course is now available ​ and can be accessed ​on​ the following websites:


Shelter and Settlements Resources

Last updated: April 29, 2015

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