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

12th UK Shelter Forum

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.

Speakers included:
More detailed discussions followed on specific topics:

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:

Participants then discussed key questions arising from the presentations in working groups using the Six Thinking Hats MethodologyA 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.

11th UK Shelter Forum

The eleventh UK Shelter Forum was hosted by Care International on 20.04.12.  Topics discussed at this forum included Knowledge management, Accountability, and HLP. Speakers included:

  • 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

PechaKucha 2009

On Thursday 5 February 2009 Arup and Oxfam hosted an evening of presentations and discussions focusing on the relationship between the built environment and development sectors.

  • What can individuals in the built environment offer the development and humanitarian sectors?
  • What can commercial organisations learn from NGOs, charities and volunteers?
  • How do these worlds relate?

Using the Pecha Kucha format of 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds, 12 speakers shared their designs, thoughts and experiences of shelter.  The event was attended by a mix of academics, humanitarian practitioners, policy makers and construction professionals and is thought to be the first of its kind in Europe.  Money raised by the Pecha Kucha evening was donated to the UK homeless charity shelter.

The 12 presentations are summarised here.