In group Somalia

Sustainable Solutions Working Group


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Site and Settlement Planning

The organization of sites and shelters can have a significant impact on the well-being of the internal displaced populations. Over-crowding and lack of privacy are commonly found in IDP settlements. Moreover, gatekeepers/landowners often ask high rent prices.

Forced evictions, targeted violence and intimidation against many of the displaced in Somalia (often in urban centers) are all common complaints. Additionally, in the Somalia context, fire-outbreaks can be common and need to be tackled through site planning. Site planning should also take into account the following (SPHERE standards): Use local planning practices, Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights and usage, inclusion of essential services and facilities, access to the site, site selection & drainage, site planning, minimum surface areas, fire safety and inclusion of vector risks.


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