The Wider Impacts of Shelter and Settlement Assistance
The direct impacts of effective shelter and settlements assistance primarily include climate protection, immediate safety and security, privacy and dignity, and facilitating access to additional services. This report focuses on the majority of impacts outside of these immediate gains that are indirect or cumulative.
The strongest evidences for impacts were found on health, including improved physical and mental health- particularly for children- and enhanced well-being and morale.
Several specific impacts have been reported across the sectors of livelihoods, DRR, and society, including the provision of the basis for livelihoods as well as economic stimulation and skills training; cost-savings that allow redirection of income to other key needs; reducing underlying vulnerability and stress on natural resources; and encouraging civic engagement and Out social relations.
To a lesser extent, impacts have also been reported in education, food and nutrition, and including providing a more conducive and stable environment that can support educational outcomes; facilitating access to more varied nutrition; and reducing vulnerability exploitation or abuse (SEA).