In group Somalia

Sustainable Solutions TWG


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Protection Mainstreaming and Gender

Thereby consider differentiated needs women, men, girls and boys may have and give attention to persons with special needs, such as elderly, disabled or chronically ill people. Disaggregated data is key. Shelter Cluster has also worked in the past to put in place a standardized dignity kit in close collaboration with the Protection Cluster. 

Shelter/NFI and protection responses are closely intertwined. Therefore, protection considerations, notably the principles of do no harm and non-discrimination need to prevail in shelter assessments, programme design, while implementing as well as when monitoring and evaluating. Thus ensure to prioritize (1) Safety & security, including land tenure security, and dignity; (2) Meaningful access, including for women, children, persons with disabilities or other persons with special needs; (3) Accountability, for example through community-based feedback mechanism; and (4) Information, consultation, participation and community empowerment.

The following measures are examples:

  • Assessments: Ensure that the situation of all displaced populations, including those outside settlements living with host families, are reflected in shelter and NFI assessments.
  • Design: Inform and consult beneficiaries prior to the shelter project implementation and include them in the shelter design and layout.
  • Implementation: Ensure that site planning for new shelter projects, such as for relocations, are not located in a hazardous location, such as disaster-prone areas or near a military installation.
  • Monitoring & evaluation: Use a community-feedback mechanism that can inform the monitoring and evaluation for our shelter project or NFI distribution.


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