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Learning Briefs | February 27, 2012

Learning From the Urban Transitional Shelter Response in Haiti

Lessons from CRS 2012 Post-earthquake Activities

This handbook documents the experience of Catholic Relief Services in planning and implementing its urban transitional shelter response in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The publication highlights challenges, successes and key aspects that could be useful in future responses to urban disasters.


  • Programming
  • Urban challenges
  • Land occupancy
  • Scarcity of space
  • Population density
  • Rumors
  • Renters and owners
  • Beneficiary selection
  • Rubble to reconstruction
  • Dangerous structures
  • T-shelter design
  • T-shelter construction
  • Procurement and logistics
  • Accountability, monitoring and evaluation