UK Shelter Forum 23

The 23rd UK Shelter Forum will be on the 23rd of November in London, co-hosted by Arup and ShelterBox.

The theme of the forum will be:

Relief to Recovery – What’s New.

How is the “modern emergency” changing? From the emergency stage right through to development, what is different – from how governments deal with NGOs, cash and new financial models, and increasing urbanisation how can we develop shelter options that are sustainable in the long term?

Agenda & submissions

The detailed agenda will be posted here in due course. At least half the day will be allocated strictly to sessions and short presentations relevant to the theme. There will opportunities for general announcements and short (5 or 10 minute) presentations.

If you wish to submit a proposal for a session, announcement, or short presentation, please send it to by Friday 2nd November.

Priority will be given to submissions in line with the theme. Submissions not in line with the theme, or which are submitted after the deadline, might not be accommodated in the agenda. We will not be able to confirm if submissions have been accepted until after Friday the 2nd November.

UK Shelter Forum 22

The 22nd UK Shelter Forum was on the 8th of June in London, co-hosted by CARE and Habitat for Humanity. We are grateful to Hogan Lovells for providing the venue.

Download the briefing note from UKSF22 here:

The theme of the forum was The Future of Shelter.

Two years after the World Humanitarian Summit, humanitarian reform remains high on the agenda. Multi-purpose cash offers opportunities and challenges to sectoral objectives, the ‘humanitarian-development nexus’ asks questions of who does what in shelter responses, the gaps between humanitarian needs and funding are ever-growing, and conflict and displacement are increasing. How will the shelter sector respond and adapt in the future? Will there be continued incremental change, or major disruption? How much does the shelter sector need to challenge itself to change? UKSF 22 will examine these questions, and what the future holds for the shelter sector and the people it seeks to help.

Agenda & submissions

The agenda was as follows:

There will be side events arranged on the 7th of June, including the Global Shelter Cluster Mid-Year Teleconference at CARE’s offices in Vauxhall.


These new reports and publications provided food for thought at UKSF22:



1. Shelter Meeting 18 – Tom Corsellis, Shelter Centre
2. Promoting Safer Building – Bill Flinn, CARE International
3. Shelter Projects – Alberto Piccioli, IOM

Keynote address

Change in the humanitarian sector, Christina Bennett, Head of Programme, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute

Breakout group presentations

A. Measuring success – Victoria Maynard
D. The Grand Bargain: Friend or Foe – Lizzie Babister

Project reports

1. A Safe Night’s Rest – Mike Waugh, NRC
2. Cash for rent – Caroline Dewast, NRC
3. Cash for Weatherproofing Pilot Project – Alisar Bey, Save the Children
4. Case studies of post-disaster relocation in Tacloban – Shaye Palagi, University of Boulder Colorado & Habitat for Humanity

Themed talks

Shelter recovery

A1. Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan – Victoria Maynard on behalf of CARE & Habitat for Humanity
A2. Promoting Safer Building Protocol – David Dalgado, Shelter Cluster PSB Working Group
A3. Assessing knowledge in reconstruction – Eefje Hendriks, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
A4. Post shelter cluster coordination – Loren Lockwood, HRRP Nepal

Building local capacities

B2. Area based approaches in urban areas – Seki Hirano, CRS
B3. Localisation through faith-based groups – Fiona Kelling

Linking research & practice

C1a. Healthy Housing for the Displaced – Francis Moran, Bath University, part 1
C1b. Healthy Housing for the Displaced – Francis Moran, Bath University, part 2
C2. Shelter research at the University of Edinburgh – Thomas Reynolds, University of Edinburgh
C3. Long Term Impacts of Shelter Programmes – Charles Parrack, Oxford Brookes University

Leaving no-one behind: Is shelter sufficiently inclusive?