Building on the previous annual East Africa Shelter Forums that were held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2018 and 2019, this year, the Africa Shelter Forum was broadened geographically across the continent and included presentations and active engagement from the wider region. The Forum was also held virtually in both English and French, to create opportunities for access, learning and sharing across the continent and improve shelter and settlement responses through the facilitation of discussions and networking opportunities.
The half-day Forum was divided into three focus areas: 1- Sharing learning from shelter and settlements programming in Africa, 2- Updates on regional and global shelter and settlements initiatives, and 3- Discussions on the role of shelter and settlements in public health emergencies. Presentations were followed by participants entering four parallel breakout groups for further discussion focusing on various themes under the topics: Shelter and Settlements Responses to Covid-19; HLP and Covid-19; Integrated Programming (Shelter-WASH-Health); and broader discussions on the previous three themes.
The Forum was a tremendous success, with over 250 participants joining from more than 140 cities globally. This event was one of the largest ever shelter events held globally, and a great opportunity for learning and exchange between different parts of Africa, and to link national partners with shelter and settlements colleagues across the globe.
This edition of the Africa Shelter Forum was organized by DRC, IFRC, InterAction, IOM and UN-Habitat