The Australia Shelter Forum is a newly established informal forum bringing together Australian shelter and settlements professionals to share knowledge and improve practice. Click here to join our Google Community.
The Australia Shelter Forum is closely linked to the ACFID Urban Community of Practice (formerly the Shelter Reference Group).This group provides a mechanism for Australian agencies working in urbanisation to share information, encourage innovative practice and engage in policy dialogue and advocacy to strengthen sustainable urban development in the Asia Pacific region.
For more details on the Australia Shelter Forum and other relevant working groups click here.
On Wednesday 8 August 2018, Australian Red Cross, together with RMIT University’s Master of Disaster, Design and Development (MoDDD) together with the Australian Red Cross hosted a one-day shelter symposium in Melbourne, Australia, that brought together representatives from DFAT, humanitarian organisations, academia and the private sector.
Specific objectives for the day included:
• Share brief snapshots from the field to illustrate the reality and complexity of the shelter and settlements sector;
• Discuss in depth four common challenges (identified by the participants prior to the event);
• Build relationships between the university research sector and the wide gamut of actors engaging in shelter and settlements projects across the Asia pacific Region;
• Explore the potential of creating a new forum/ network for NGO, government private sector and community agencies to share lessons from shelter and settlement programming, build collaborative projects and improve ways of working.
It was from this symposium and the discussions held on the day that it was agreed to create a cross sectoral, cross disciplinary no–logo shelter forum that could continue these discussions and help to move the Australian based sector forward.
The second ACFID SRG Shelter Forum was hosted by Habitat for Humanity Australia on Friday 11th April 2014. The 2014 Shelter Forum explored issues surrounding land tenure insecurity in the Asia Pacific region. A pdf report summarizing the forum is available here (Final Report 2014) while theaudio recordings of each of the sessions are below.
Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick: Trends and Challenges in Urban Land Tenure in Asia Pacific: Its Impact on Global Housing Crisis
Victoria Stodart: Housing Land and Property Issues in the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan)
Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick: Addressing land issues after a disaster
Iv Bonnakar: Testing the Urban Land Law in Battambang, Cambodia
Aruna Paul: Rural and Urban Challenges in Land Security in Nepal
Johanna Brugman: Community Mapping and Surveying in Cambodia
Ruth Kestermann: Urban Resiliency Framework in Bangladesh
Luke Millar: Overview of working paper on Land Tenure Insecurity in Asia Pacific
2. Prof Daniel Fitzpatrick: Keynote Address
3. Victoria Stodart: Housing Land and Property Issues in the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan)
4. Prof Danial Fitzpatrick: Addressing land issues after a disaster
5. Iv Bonnakar: Testing the Urban Land Law in Battambang, Cambodia
6. Aruna Paul: Rural and Urban Challenges in Land Security in Nepal
7. Johanna Brugman: Community Mapping and Surveying in Cambodia
8. Ruth Kestermann: Urban Resiliency Framework in Bangladesh
9. Luke Millar: Overview of working paper on Land Tenure Insecurity in Asia Pacific
Members of the Shelter Reference Group invite you to forum on
Land Tenure Insecurity: The Impact on the Global Housing Crisis
The Shelter Forum will discuss the importance of land tenure security in a time of housing crises in the developing world. The forum facilitates sharing lessons and experiences as well as hearing from experts.
Keynote Speaker: The Shelter Forum welcomes Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick from Australian National University as keynote speaker for the day. Professor Fitzpatrick will provide an overview on trends in land insecurity globally with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region.
Professor Fitzpatrick writes on property rights in a development context. In 2007 he won the Hart Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Association. He has extensive experience in the public policy of property rights and development. He was the UN’s land rights adviser in post-conflict East Timor (2000) and post-tsunami Aceh (2005-6). He is the primary author of the UN’s Land and Disasters: Guidance for Practitioners (2010). His work with AusAID includes co-authoring the 2008 Making Land Work report for its Pacific Land Program.
Date: Friday 11 April 2014 Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (8.30 am registration) Location: Y-Hotel, 5-11 Wentworth Ave, Sydney Cost: Free
RSVP here by Friday 4 April. If you have already registered, please send this email around to your contacts!
World Habitat Day – Habitat for Humanity Australia celebrated World Habitat Day in 2013 by setting up an interactive urban slum in the heart of Sydney to increase awareness of what life is like for millions of people living in dangerous slum conditions across the world.
The first ACFID SRG Shelter Forum was hosted by Habitat for Humanity Australia on Friday 21st June 2013. A pdf report summarizing the forum is available here while the agenda and audio recordings of each of the sessions are below.
Graham Saunders, IFRC: Current trends in shelter programming
Dr Esther Charlesworth and Dr Ifte Ahmed, RMIT University: Scoping study – shelter and disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region
James Schell, HFHA and Dr Ifte Ahmed, RMIT University: Building resilience of urban slum settlements – a multi-sectoral approach to capacity building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Brett Moore, WorldVision: Culture, conflict and climate change: housing, land and property issues in stateless Somalia.
Rod Johnston, Partner Housing Australia: Resilience of shelter – minimum structural design for cyclonic wind, earthquake and tsunami resistance.