Tackling the Humanitarian Development Nexus through the Localization of Shelter Action 29-11-21
This webinar was co-hosted with Penn State University, Loughborough University, and CRS, and examined the link between humanitarian shelter response and long-term development priorities in affected communities, by focusing on two case studies of community-led shelter and settlement action. The first case study detailed a shelter programme focused on resettling displaced households from Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps in northern Myanmar to new host communities, attempting to utilise the shelter process to build social cohesion between groups. Secondly, we discussed the response to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, where CRS engaged with local communities on technical support for reconstruction and learned lessons that would lead to the socially-driven, locally-led interventions characterised by the Homes and Communities Approach. These case studies formed the basis of a discussion, facilitated by Dr Esther Obonyo, on the links between humanitarian action and long-term development outcomes, including how enhancing locally led programming can improve long-term community sustainability and resilience. We also highlighted the QSAND sustainability self-assessment framework for shelter and settlement action, which was utilised in both Myanmar and Nepal, and represents one way of considering long-term community development outcomes throughout disaster response and recovery.