About the case studies project

This website is the output of a project originally led by UNHABITAT, IFRC and UNHCR. The project is now being developed by the Shelter Projects 2015-2016 Working Group of the Global Shelter Cluster.

This website is a repository for 150 case studies, overviews and updates of post-disaster and post-conflict shelter projects, originally published in the "Shelter Projects" series of five books: “Shelter Projects 2013-2014”, “Shelter Projects 2011-2012”, “Shelter Projects 2010”, “Shelter Projects 2009” and “Shelter Projects 2008".

Some statistics on the existing case studies can be found here.


During the period covered by the Shelter Projects series, millions of people worldwide have been forcibly displaced due to conflict and persecution or by natural disaster. The corresponding scale of the need for humanitarian shelter support has required a diversity of approaches that go beyond simple design solutions.

The project summaries included in the Shelter Projects series, and that can be downloaded from this website, aim to illustrate some of the project options available to organisations working in both post-disaster and post-conflict situations, as well as to support learning from the strengths and weaknesses of different projects. The focus of this book is on projects that maximise emergency response funds to support sustainable recovery.


This website is targeted at: Humanitarian managers and field shelter programme staff from local, national and international organisations at all levels of experience.

Technical Working Group

The project is overseen by the Shelter Projects 2015-2016 Working Group of the Global Shelter Cluster, consisting of shelter specialists representing key organisations who provide shelter assistance.

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