Pilots Sustainable Shelter Solutions

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SUSTAINABLE SHELTER SOLUTIONS

Sustainable shelter solutions are a strategic focus of the SC. The needs to accomplish durable solutions in rural and urban settings vary widely in the Somalia context and is challenging for long-term programming. It would be impossible in the near-term to accomplish all the criteria required to achieve durable solutions for IDPs and returnees (IDPs and refugee returnees). This is mainly due to problems related to land tenure, IDP legal rights status, and low humanitarian funding levels. The SC, as a humanitarian coordination body, focuses on sustainable shelter solutions to ensure that communities are more resilient to future shocks. Sustainable shelter approaches need to be addressed as a holistic package and need a strong integrated approach with all other sectors (e.g., water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH, education, health). The Shelter Cluster has identified 7 key concepts that show that “A shelter is more than a roof”: (1) HLP (2) Site and settlement planning (3) Owner Driven Approaches and community participation (4) Protection Mainstreaming (5) Localized Solutions (6) Building Back Safer and (7) Modalities.