Shelter Cluster Working Group

Shelter Cluster Working Group



Meeting time:11.11.2012, 15.00 h


Participants:Benoit Munsch (CARE/Narri), Suman Chandra Sil (IFRC), KrajaiChowdhury (ERF), Ezabat Ullah (ERF), Henri M. Stalder (ERF)

Bullet point resumee:

1. Introduction

  • Particpants' introduction,
  • Presentation of KrajaiChowdhury, new ERF Field Coordinator, Bandarban, and Ezabat Ullah, outgoing Field Coordinator, Bandarban.
  • Outline purpose of the shelter sub-group meeting:

Propose way forward to shelter cluster

To identify shelter needs in flood affected areas of CTG Division,

To define possible intervention strategy,

2. Identify shelter needs in affected areas

  • Based on input of the JNA and further verification of agencies/ NGO partners in the respective areas, Benoit prepared the tabulation "Quantitative data SE Flood 11-12 Shelter" (attached).
  • The sub-group recommends to collect missing data (yellow highlighted) through partners on ground.
  • If the respective organization deems it necessary and beneficial, data can be cross-checked with local administration. However, as past exercises have produced incongruent information, such verification has to be done cautiously.
  • A door-to-door survey will be conducted for livelihood support programs; during this door-to-door survey, shelter data will be cross-checked furthermore at a later stage.
  • Based on the completed quantitative data tabulation, the cluster defines target percentage, numbers of affected shelters to be repaired and priority areas. Based on a working budget figure for assistance per family/shelter (see below), this will also define funding needs.

3. Proposed intervention strategy

  • The working group proposes to adopt the transitional shelter strategy, because

Complete shelter reconstruction programs would require immense resources,

Are difficult tom implement, due to many diverse settlement patterns and construction type models in different areas,

A high potential of creating / promoting inequality between beneficiaries, locations and areas supported.

  • The working group recommends to adopt a working figure of 40,000 BDT cash assistance per shelter, as a maximum amount.
  • A possible shelter rehabilitation program has two major components:

Cash assistance for shelter rehabilitation,

Technical supervision and training of beneficiaries and local craftsmen. Preferably, the training addresses vocational issues, quality aspects and livelihood components linked to shelter.

  • Supervision and training will be ensured by the respective implementing agency; however, minimum standards for quality, minimal resilience aspects and basic training will be discussed in the cluster and adopted by each implementing agency.
  • Special attention must be given to cash disbursement mechanisms, these have to be linked to quality aspects, quantitative verification and training of beneficiaries and craftspeople.
  • Specific disbursement standards will be developed at a later stage (when funding and implementation is assured) and adopted in the cluster.
  • Shelter rehabilitation programs have to be aligned with other interventions, in order to generate maximum impact in target areas and to avoid duplication of efforts.

4. Way forward

  • Cluster to acknowledge and approve further data collection as proposed,
  • Cluster to acknowledge and approve intervention strategy,
  • Cluster to define target budget for shelter recovery,
  • Cluster to outline donor approach strategy (e.g. common proposal, or individual proposals, possible funding sources, etc.).
  • Once funding for a shelter rehabilitation program is assured, the cluster will address the respective national and local government entities in order to elaborate possible complimentary activities and programs, and to streamline those with intended interventions of cluster partners.