The first Middle East Shelter and Settlement Forum was held in Amman on the 10th and 11th of July 2019. It was attended by approximately 70 participants from 23 organizations plus independents.
The first day focused on learning from past experiences of shelter and settlement responses in the Middle East by actively engaging actors using case studies from the Shelter Projects publication. It also included an informal consultation to inform the development of an area/settlement-based approach guidance note, which will further support the rollout of the approach across the region. In addition, the Arabic version of the online Shelter and Settlements Course was released.
The second day was an open forum for exchange of ideas on shelter and settlement issues for practitioners in the Middle East and beyond. Building on the first day, the forum reviewed some of the best practices in the region, looking at how learnings can be transferred between countries, concentrating on a number of themes such as durable solutions and returns; engaging with local authorities; remote management and cash-based interventions.
The overall objective was to collectively review good practices and lessons learned, share experiences of approaches relevant to the region, build or strengthen a community of practice and create networks in the region. The expected audience is humanitarian and development practitioners with regional / international experience in shelter, settlements, as well as other related sectors, local/regional institutions including academia, representatives from donors with a specific interest in shelter and settlements and/or the region.
The event was hosted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and InterAction, in collaboration with global and regional partners and thanks to the support of USAID/OFDA.
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