USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements Training Course

USAID/OFDA Shelter And Settlements Training Course

Module 1:  Overview and Trends

Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements (S&S) assistance provides living spaces and related settlements interventions to meet the most basic needs of disaster-affected populations while conforming to internationally accepted guidelines on the provision of habitable, safe, private and secure living environments such as the Sphere Project and  Pinheiro Principles, among others. S&S interventions should emphasize community approaches, and reliance on local materials and labor to enhance prospects for sustainability and impact. S&S interventions are cross-cutting, integrating other sectors such as livelihoods, WASH, and DRR, and should aim to facilitate transitional recovery processes. This module discusses both shelter and its setting (settlements) and why shelter should be viewed as more than just four walls and a roof. 

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