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The 22nd UK Shelter Forum will be 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.
The theme of the forum will be 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 detailed agenda will be posted here in due course. At least half the day will be allocated strictly to discussions 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 email@example.com by Friday 11th May.
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 be not accommodated in the agenda. We will not be able to confirm if submissions have been accepted until after the 11th of May.
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.
Tickets are free and are available from Eventbrite now:
UKSF 22 will be at Hogan Lovells in London:
London EC1A 2FG
The nearest stations are Chancery Lane and Farringdon.
The UK Shelter Forum 21 was held on the 17th of November 2017 in Watford and was co-hosted by BRE and CRS. The theme of the forum was “Sustainability and Resilience”. We also had the pleasure to assist to the official opening of the shelter exhibit at BRE’s innovation park. The Forum was held in commemoration of Graham Saunders.
We would like to thank all attendees for the great discussions and presentations we had throughout the day. Thank you also to the notetakers whose notes can be found underneath.
Links to presentations:
Introduction – Jamie Richardson
Better Safer – Bill Flinn
Building sustainability and resilience – Giulia Frontini
Owner-driven reconstruction – Martina Manna
CTP and the environment – Jake Zarins
Sustainable materials – Vera Kreuwels
Thermal Comfort in Desert Refugee Camps – Dr Dima Aldabra
Pakistan shelter flood resilience – Tim White
Knowledge exchange – Eefje Hendriks
Supporting shelter self-recovery – Elizabeth Parker
Urban planning after humanitarian crisis – Victoria Maynard
Local building practices – Olivier Moles
Building safety in shelter self-recovery – Charles Parrack
The UKSF21 will be held on the 17th of November at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) with a focus on ‘Sustainability and Resilience’. The event will be hosted by BRE and CRS. The agenda will be as follows:
The 21st UK Shelter Forum is commemorated to Graham Saunders.
For those of you who want to share your memories, thoughts and condolences with his family. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sustainability and Resilience”
Agenda to follow shortly.
Registration for the event is now open on Eventbrite.
The venue is within the grounds of the BRE Innovation Park and includes a recently constructed Shelter Exhibition. 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 fill out this Form.
When: Friday, 17 November 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 (GMT)
Where: BRE (Building Research Establishment), Bucknalls Lane, Watford, WD25 9XX
To register please follow this Eventbrite link.
UKSF20 participants helped put up a geodesic tent on the day.
The UKSF20 presentations are uploaded below.
UKSF20 will be held on the 26th May at Oxford Brookes University with a focus on ‘Shelter, Protection and Protracted Crises’. The event will be hosted by CENDEP, IOM and NRC. The agenda will be as follows:
“Shelter, Protection and Protracted crises”
Agenda to follow shortly.
Registration for the event is now open on Eventbrite.
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 email@example.com by Monday 8th May, and state your preferred length. Selected proposals will be notified after this date.
When: Friday, 26 May 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 (BST)
Where: Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford OX3 0BP
To register please follow this Eventbrite link
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)
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
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)
Notes for the event.
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 19th UK Shelter Forum will take place at Resource For London on 11th November 2016 with a focus on ‘Holistic Programming: Who needs sectors anyway?’ Register now on Eventbrite
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The theme of this forum was ‘Risk and Responsibility’:
Humanitarian shelter projects and practitioners often place significant emphasis on stronger, ‘better’ buildings, aiming to reduce the risk of those building collapsing in future events. Associated with this is a range of standards and expectations, and often serious concerns about liability for unsafe buildings.
This forum aims to explore the risks faced by vulnerable populations and how those risks affect their choices and priorities – and what ‘better’ means to them. It will ask where responsibility for minimising these risks lies and to question whether all these risks, choices & priorities are adequately reflected in humanitarian shelter programmes and the shelters or buildings that result.
The agenda for the event was:
Presentations from UK Shelter Forum 18 are below. Notes on the discussions will be added here in due course.
Updates & announcements
- UKSF18 IOM Arup Pakistan Research Update by Tim White, Arup International Development
- UKSF18 India National Shelter Conference update by Tom Newby on behalf of the India Shelter Forum
- UKSF18 Interaction SSWG Update by Tom Newby on behalf of Mohamed Hilmi, Interaction
Talks session 1
- UKSF18 Self-recovery systematic review by Beth Parker and Victoria Maynard
- UKSF18 Yolanda Shelter Response Outcome Assessment – Vincent Annoni, REACH, Impact Initiatives
- UKSF18 Case studies from Assam & Odisha – Sneha Krishnan
- UKSF18 Post-disaster shelter in India by Tom Newby, CARE International
Talks session 2
Talks on construction:
- UKSF18 Construction standards & tools – Andrew Powell, Save the Children
- UKSF18 Safe sustainable structures in Kibera by Ian Ashcroft, Arup/EWB-UK/KDI
Talks on research:
- UKSF18 Shelter Projects by Alberto Piccioli & Joseph Ashcroft, IOM. There is currently a call for abstracts for the forthcoming Shelter Projects 2015-16 publication. You can submit abstracts using this form. The deadline is the end of May.
- UKSF18 Research on rental housing & hosting programmes – Alex Miller, Oxford Brookes CENDEP
- UKSF18 Emergency Energy – Peter Thomas, Centre for Sustainable Development/EWB-UK/CARE
Talks session 3
25 November 2014, UCL, London
Natural disasters have caused damages of nearly £3 trillion over the past 30 years and the frequency and intensity of these powerful storms, droughts and earthquakes continue to rise.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) in the World Bank, in partnership with University College London and Habitat for Humanity and in association with the UK Shelter Forum organised a public presentation and discussion on how vulnerable countries can better prepare before disaster strikes and better plan and execute post disaster recovery and reconstruction programmes to contribute to sustainable development and resilience.
The event was open to humanitarian and development stakeholders involved in disaster preparedness, risk reduction, emergency response, reconstruction and development, research or practice.
This event in London followed the second World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 2) held in the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC in September 2014 which featured the launch of joint EU-UN-World Bank GFDRR Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Guide and Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) Guide, as well as ten country case studies.
The presentation and discussion included:
- The World Bank’s ongoing efforts to build consensus and collective action on resilient recovery, to ensure efficient and effective post disaster reconstruction and to increase readiness including stronger government recovery systems.
- The role of civil society working with communities in the implementation of humanitarian, reconstruction and development programmes.
- The importance of research, knowledge and capacity development to support resilient recovery.
The session offered a unique opportunity for dialogue between policy makers and practitioners as part of a process of consultation towards greater collaboration and more effective action.
For further information on WRC 2 and the DRF Guide, see:
About the World Bank GFDRR : Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) helps high risk, low income developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerabilities to natural hazards, and adapt to climate change. Working with over 300 partners-mostly local government agencies, civil society and technical organizations- GFDRR provides grant financing, on the ground technical assistance to mainstream disaster mitigation policies into country level strategies and a range of training and knowledge sharing activities. GFDRR is managed by the World Bank and funded by 21 donor partners.
The 15th UK Shelter Forum was hosted by CARE and Arup on Monday 24th November 2014. You can download the agenda here and the briefing note for day 1 here. The briefing from day 2 will be posted shortly.
Topics covered in this forum include
- Updates from shelter actors around the world,
- Philippines Haiyan response one year on,
- South Asia Floods
- Forgotten African crises
- Accelerating housing recovery
- Future research needs: ‘what don’t we know..’.
An additional session for presentations and discussion on the Syria and Gaza crises was organised on Tuesday the 25th.
In the morning, there were updates from different initiatives and group works on humanitarian response to urban crisis. While three different discussions were held in the afternoon. The UK Shelter Forum was preceded by a PechaKucha evening bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss shelter, settlements and disasters. Posters and presentations from this event are available here.
- South Sudan Response: Joseph Ashmore, IOM
- RedR’s Urban Plans: Toby Gould, RedR
- Building for Safety: Victoria Murtagh, Christian Aid
- Shelter After Disaster: Charles Parrack, CENDEP
Humanitarian Response to Urban Crises
- Shelter and Settlement Sustainability Assessment Tool: Yetunde Abudul, BRE
- Long-term impacts of housing reconstruction: Jelly Morning, BSHF
- Shelter and Settlement Impact Evaluation Tool and Mission Report from Mindanao Field Test: Øyvind Nordlie, NRC
Lessons from the Philippines
- Julien Muliez (Chair), Save the Children
- Bill Flinn, CENDEP
- Brett Moore, World Vision
- Gabriel Fernandez del Pino , CARE
- Mario Flores, Habitat for Humanity International
- Sonia Molina, British Red Cross
15 years behind WASH? Unresolved issues in the shelter sector and the ‘deep craft’ nature of shelter and housing technology
- Kate Crawford, UCL
- Richard Luff, Independent
- Victoria Maynard, UCL
- 15 years behind WASH summary
The thirteenth UK Shelter Forum was hosted by the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience at University College London on Friday 20th September 2013. The morning included presentations on different topics, while discussions continued in the afternoon in smaller breakout groups. You can download the agenda for the event here and a briefing note is available here. The UK Shelter Forum was preceded by a PechaKucha evening bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss shelter, settlements and disasters. Posters and videos from this event are available here.
Urban Humanitarian Response
- Jo da Silva, Arup: Urban Challenges
- Seki Hirano, CRS: Work with the city
- Amelia Rule, BRC: Participatory approach to safe shelter awareness (PASSA)
- Jim Kennedy, independent: Strategising rubble removal
Shelter and Recovery
- Jim Kennedy, independent: Shelter, Recovery and Reconstruction
- Richard Luff, independent: Transition between relief and development – are subsidies an impediment to recovery?
Measuring outcomes and impact
- Jo da Silva, Arup: ASPIRE
- Jelly Moring, BHSF: Looking back at reconstruction and disaster risk reduction in housing
- Oyvind Nordlie, UN-Habitat: Shelter and Settlement Impact Evaluation Tool (SSIET)
- Simone van Dijk, Netherlands Red Cross, TU/e: A socio-economic Impact Assessment Tool for post-disaster temporary housing solutions
Several updates were also provided
- Ram Kishan, Christian Aid: India Shelter in Emergencies Forum
- Ram also shared SaferWorld Communications report into the Uttarakhand Floods
- Bill Flinn, CENDEP: Building for Safety
- Jamie Richardson, Shelter Consultants: Timber Frame Research Project
- Jelly Moring, BHSF, invited UK Shelter Forum participants to the Looking Back at Reconstruction Conference, to be held in Coventry, 15-16 January 2014.
Download a briefing note summarising key discussions at the Forum here.
The twelfth UK Shelter Forum was hosted by Habitat for Humanity Great Britain and Oxfam GB on 22.02.13. Minutes from the ‘updates’ part of the agenda are available here. A briefing note summarising the key discussions regarding Housing, Land and Property Rights is available here.
- Bill Flinn, CENDEP: Building for Safety
- Joseph Ashmore, independent: Shelter Projects 2011 – 2012
- Tom Corsellis, Shelter Centre: Shelter Centre Current Activities
- Vincent Annoni, REACH: Inter Agency Shelter Cluster Assessments
- Jim & Chris Rooney, Hexi-House: Hexi-House – hexagonal inspiration for the world
- Megan Dilloway & Gordon Browne, Solent University: Plastic sheeting – 150gsm vs 170gsm
- Kate Crawford, UCL: Communicating Technical Evidence research project
- Andrew Edwards, ASF-UK: Building knowledge centres
- Jamie Richardson, consultant: Timber Construction Research Project
- Victoria Maynard & Neill Garvie, HFHGB & CA: Improving Shelter Responses to Humanitarian Crises
- Mike Meaney HFHI: HFH Disaster Response Shelter Catalogue
- Theo Schilderman, BSHF: BHSF awards
More detailed discussions followed on specific topics:
- Syria Update via conference call: Syria Shelter Working Group, facilitated by Rick Bauer, Oxfam
- Julien Mulliez, Save the Children: Shelter Solutions for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
- Ben Nicholson & Brenda Coughlan, DFID: DFID Rapid Response Facility (RRF)
- Victoria Stodart, IFRC: Addressing Regulatory Barriers to the Provision of Emergency and Transitional Shelter after Natural Disasters
In the afternoon participants addressed the forum’s theme of Housing, Land, and Property Rights (HLP). To initiate the debate several speakers gave Pecha Kucha style presentations on different aspects of the topic:
- James Kennedy, independent: Shelter, and Housing, Land and Property rights
- Lisa Stead, HFHGB: Urban land rights in Latin America
- Fiona Kelling: On shaky ground? Tenure security in post-earthquake Haiti
- Rachel Hastie, Oxfam: Protection and Housing, Land, and Property
- Rumana Kabir, independent: The Shelterless Landless
Participants then discussed key questions arising from the presentations in working groups using the Six Thinking Hats Methodology. A summary of key themes arising from the Pecha Kuchas and the breakout groups is available here.
RedR were unable to attend this UK Shelter Forum but they asked forum participants to contribute to the online RedR UK Shelter Sector Learning Needs Assessment.
- Tom Corsellis, Shelter Centre: Knowledge and Learning
- Theo Schilderman, Independent: Building for Safety Revision
- Carlo Gherardi, Independent: Shelter Projects 2010 – IFRC, UN-HABITAT, and UNHCR
- Rick Bauer, Oxfam: Housing, Land, and Property Rights
- Hugh Earp, ECB/CARE: Accountability and Shelter
- Gabriel Fernandez Del Pino, CARE: ECB Shelter Training Module
- Yetunde Abdul, Consultant to BRE Global Limited: Sustainability in Fragile Environments Project
- Bo Heiden & Desirée Bartosiak, Qatar Foundation: Qatar Shelter Initiative Study Findings
- Neil Garvie, Christian Aid: Burma Post-Nargis Shelter Project
- Patrick Elliot, Victoria Maynard, & Joseph Ashmore: Book Launch ‘Transitional Shelter: Eight Designs’
- Joseph Ashmore: Pakistan Shelter Cluster
- Esteban Leon/Joseph Ashmore: UN-Habitat Shelter 2010 Project
- Hugh Earp, Care: ECB Shelter & Accountability
- Anna Pont, IFRC: Global Shelter Cluster Focal Point and IFRC Haiti Review
- Jake Zarins, NRC: NRC Shelter & DRR
- Ian Pearce, Habitat For Humanity: Haiti Projects
- David Sanderson, CENDEP: ‘Herr and Shelter’ Conference
- Simon Levine, ODI: HPG (Humanitarian Policy Group) Haiti Land Issues
- Jamie Richardson & Shailesh Kataria, RICS: Safer Construction Guidelines, Malawi
- Bill Flinn, CENDEP & Charlie Mason, Save the Children: Training for Self-Builds (HIF)
- Jose Vellejo & Joel Westberg, EWB: Eco-House Initiative
- Kate Ferguson, Christian Aid: Permanent housing through partners in rural Haiti
- Seki Hirano and Hikaru Kitai, IF-Untitled: School Infrastructure Prioritisation Tool (SIPT)
- Nicolas Barrouillet, CaLP: Cash Learning Partnership
Rick Bauer, Oxfam: Cash & Shelter workshops at Oxfam in 2008
- Bill Flinn, CENDEP/CARE international: Indonesia response to Sumatra Earthquake “$220 very well spent”
- Ann Foley, Tearfund: Cash and Shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan, 1998
- Paul Segal, Consultant: Programme risk and uncertainty specific to cash for shelter projects
- Sandra D’Urzo, IFRC: Pre-paid credit in Chile and grants in Haiti
- Neill Garvie, Christian Aid: House building in Haiti
- Ian Pearce, Habitat for Humanity & Victoria Bachelor, Arup: Commercial Partnering to Improve Programme Strategy and Delivery
- Kate Crawford, CARE International: Legal Rights – Housing, Land, Property Rights, and Urbanisation
- Joseph Ashmore, Shelter Project: Market assessment – Plastic sheeting
- Rick Bauer, Oxfam: The impact of the floods on access and availability of bamboo and timber
Group Discussion Topics:
- Chaired by Annie Devonport, DEC: A study on ‘Urban Disaster Response’ as a terms of reference, to include a framework for political/social/economic and technical response.
- Chaired by Kate Crawford, Care International: How do we negotiate doing nothing? How do you find out what you should be doing? What is a good solution?
- Chaired by John Leach, Shelter Box & Toby Gould, RedR: Are there enough shelter managers?
- Ian Pearce, Habitat for Humanity: Asia Pacific Housing Forum
- David Sanderson, Oxford Brookes University: Building Relevance Workshop
- Fran Talavera, Engineers without Borders UK: Know how now Workshop
- Kate Cresswell-Maynard, EWB UK: Rapid Research Secondment Scheme
- David Sanderson, Oxford Brookes University: Shelter Learning and Advice Service
- Annie Devonport, DEC: The Future of DEC Funding for Reconstruction
- Jo Da Silva, Arup: Lessons from Aceh
- Lewis Sida, Independent: South Asia Shelter Review for Oxfam GB
- Tom Corsellis, Sheltercentre: Update on projects being run by shelter centre
- Graham Saunders, IFRC: Emergency shelter cluster meeting Geneva
- Tom Corsellis, Sheltercentre / Graham Saunders, IFRC: Shelter and climate change
- Jo da Silva, Arup : Lessons from Aceh: considerations in post-disaster
- Manoucher Lolachi: The immediate-long term post conflict strategies of technical assistance on comprehensive physical urban planning concerning life- saving services including urban planning, shelter, water, sanitation
- Lawrence Hamai, Oxfam & Joseph Ashmore, Independent: Case studies of Haiti
- Peter Francis, Jamaica Red Cross: Case Study of Kingston, Jamaica
- Kitka Goyol, Oxfam GB: Discussion on Gaza
- Tom Corsellis, Shelter Centre: Transitional Settlement & Reconstruction Guidelines
- Seki Hirano: Case Studies of Emergency & Transitional Shelter Projects
- Jo Da Silva, ARUP: Post Disaster Reconstruction Guidelines
- Mark Goodwin, RICS & Emily Darko, BuildAction: Resources for Built Environment Professionals
- Liz Lambert, Oxfam GB: Learning & Training for the Shelter Sector?
Lessons from Recent Disasters – Cyclone Nargis
- Simon Springett, Oxfam GB: Remote Programming in Shelter Projects
- Lizzie Babister, Care: Plastic Sheeting as a Default Shelter Response
- Rick Bauer, Oxfam GB: Market Survey Tool for Shelter Materials
- Jim Kennedy, NRC: Shelter Tools- standing (unwittingly) on the shoulders of giants?
- Toby Gould, RedR: Discussion on Training
- Tom Corsellis, Shelter Centre: Collaborative Tools
- Jo da Silva, ARUP: Habitation Matrix
- Graham Saunders, IFRC: Moving ahead on shelter- opportunities for interagency collaboration
The second UK Shelter Forum was hosted by Habitat for Humanity Great Britain on 22.06.07.
The first UK Shelter Forum was hosted by Oxfam GB on 11.12.06. The topic of this forum was Rising to the Challenge: NGO-Led Shelter Construction. Speakers included:
- Tom White, CHF: A Catalyst Approach to Housing
- Vicki Wooding, Habitat for Humanity GB: Using Contractors
- Elizabeth Babister, Oxfam: Beneficiary Led Reconstruction
- Jo da Silva, Arup: Seismic Issues