UK Shelter Forum 17

UK Shelter Forum 17 was held on 24th April 2015 and co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity, CRS and UCL.

Agenda for UKSF 17


Presentations for the event are below:

Updates and Announcements

Community Based Safe School Construction by Hayley Gryc (Arup)

Global Shelter Cluster online training by Charles Parrack (Oxford Brookes)

Expanding Impact by Seki Hirano (CRS)

Capacity building for urban humanitarian response by Diane Archer (IIED)

India Shelter Forum by Anshu Sharma

RedR’s Hands on Weekend by Aaron Walawalkar (RedR)

Discussion Sessions

Area based approaches to urban crises by Elizabeth Parker and Victoria Maynard

Disaster diplomacy; Reconstruction Planning Before a Disaster by Ilan Kelman (UCL)

Protection Mainstreaming by Cat Cowley (CAFOD, Caritas Australia, Catholic Relief Services, and Trocaire)

Development of the ‘Refugee Housing Unit ‘ – learning from the process by Shaun Scales (UNHCR)


Reciproboo Bamboo Kit by Shaun Halbert

Talks Session

Urban Tripoli in Lebanon and in Kirkuk in Iraq by Amelia Rule (CARE)

Community-led settlement planning by Annika Grafweg (The Border Consortium)

All Under One Roof by Valerie Scherrer (CBM) & Graham Saunders (IFRC)

Engaging Humanitarians and Non-humanitarian Actors in Urban Emergency Response by Eddie Argenal (USAID)

Developing resilient habitats after a disaster and Program Brief by Jan-Willem Wegdam (Cordaid)

Notes for the event.

UK Shelter Forum 19

UK Shelter Forum 19 took place on the 11th November 2016 co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity and CRSThe theme of the forum was
Holistic Programming: Who needs sectors anyway?


Co-ordination is vital in emergencies, and integrated approaches between sectors is essential. Engaging with practitioners and academicians from other sectors enabled Shelter practitioners appreciate how to holistically approach shelter programs.

Other sectors represented at the forum included health, livelihoods (cash based approaches), WASH, urban displacement, infrastructure, environment and protection including an interesting discussion on hardware, software and fluff-ware. By understanding their approaches, and by providing an opportunity to gauge their impact on shelter programs, the forum hoped to explore and learn how shelter sector can effectively work and collaborate with the other sectors, and understand broader impacts of meeting shelter needs.

The day proved to be informative and engaging with enthusiastic participation from all participants. The forum concluded with drinks and launch of ‘Good Programming Guidelines’ produced by the  CARE International UK Shelter Team with support from the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Presentations from UKSF 19 are below:
Updates and Announcements
Shelter Meetings 2016-2017 by Tom Corsellis (Shelter Centre)
Global Shelter Cluster by Miguel Urquia, (UNHCR)
Shelter Projects (Part 1, Part 2) by Joseph Ashmore (IOM)
(Re)settlement Toolkit by Siddharth Nadkarny & Hayley Gryc (ARUP)
Launch Details by UK Built Environment Advisory Group
Morning Session
Talks Session

UK Shelter Forum 19

The 19th UK Shelter Forum will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Relief Servicesand will take place in London on 11th November 2016 with a focus on

Holistic Programming: Who needs sectors anyway?

The forum aims to explore, learn and engage with other sectors, analyse how the shelter sector works and collaborates with the other sectors, explore coordination by non-sector boundaries and the broader impact of meeting shelter needs.


Co-ordination is vital in emergencies, and shelter programs often have integrated approaches with other sectors. The intention, therefore, is to engage with practitioners and academicians from other sectors to understand how to holistically approach shelter programs. The forum is looking to engage with health, livelihoods (cash based approaches), WASH, psychosocial and protection sectors to understand their approaches, and to provide an opportunity to gauge impact of shelter programs through their point of view.

When: Friday, 11 November 2016 from 09:00 to 17:30 (BST)

Where: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

As usual, the forum will have opportunities for short presentations about projects or initiatives in the shelter sector. There are spaces for 5 minute, 10 minute and 15 minute presentations. If you would like to propose something please send a short abstract to by Friday 14th October 2016, and state your preferred length. Selected proposals will be notified after this date.

Agenda to follow shortly.

Registration for the event is now open on Eventbrite