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Case Studies | November 22, 2018

Shelter, Settlement and Infrastructure Case Studies

A Spotlight on Innovation and Quality for Rebuilding Safe, Dignified and Resilient Homes and Communities

Here you will find a selection of short, compelling case studies that highlight diverse, challenging, innovative and impactful efforts in providing safe, dignified homes and settlement solutions for people in need in the wake of an emergency. From some of the world’s most pressing refugee crises to the aftermath of an earthquake or typhoon, see how CRS and its local partners addressed life-saving and long-term needs through approaches adapted for each local context, all the while upholding the dignity of those we serve, and encouraging their meaningful participation and leadership for their recovery.


Madagascar - Remote Programming for Resilient Homes
Regular access to project sites was difficult due to the isolated areas and lack of funds to employ field staff, so a remote monitoring system was set up involving the communities and families themselves to ensure accountability of program implementation.

Uganda - Promoting Partnership and Inclusion in Emergency Programming
Refugee and host populations with high proportions of people with specific needs are engaged in decision making through strong community structures.

Malawi - Constructing Homes by Adapting Traditional Building Resilient Strategy for Living with Floods
Displaced families aided to return to more resilient homes through adapted construction designs and learning how to protect themselves from the effects of flooding.

Sudan - Protracted Emergency Shelter Programming
Evolving shelter designs to meet the needs of long-term displaced people, and helping them to return home after conflict.

South and East Asia

India - Introducing Sustainable Technologies, Creating Resilient Shelters
Creating a supply of sustainable construction materials for improved resilience in reconstruction through new techniques including Compressed Earth Stabilized Blocks.

Pakistan - Educational Facilities in Remote Settlements
Prioritizing reconstruction of vital remote community buildings to support the whole community.

Pakistan - Community Ingenuity in Self-Build Shelter Programming
Working with remote communities to maximize limited resources to prepare for winter.

Sri Lanka - Owner-Driven Construction of Permanent Housing
Facilitating family choice in reconstruction through provision of training, technical assistance and quality monitoring, rather than direct construction.

Indonesia - Cash-Based Solutions in Shelter and Settlements
Using existing financial structures to support local markets and families to reconstruct.

Nepal - Technical Assistance for Recovery and Resilience
Supporting families to reconstruct earthquake resilient homes through a suite of technical assistance activities.

Bangladesh - Piloting Construction Techniques to Improve Design: Mid-Term Shelters
Working with displaced families to design more robust temporary homes.

India - Developing Locally Affordable Hazard Resistant Houses
Developing appropriate and resilient house designs to encourage uptake in highly vulnerable communities following Typhoons.

Pakistan - Participatory Village Planning
Designing resilient homes and planning communities to increase resilience to seasonal flooding.

Philippines - Housing, Land and Property in Urban Transitional Settlements
Working with local authorities and civil society to secure land rights for urban typhoon Washi affected families.

Philippines - Renting vs. Hosting Assistance in Post-Crisis Urban Areas
Helping displaced families to find the most appropriate temporary homes that support their recovery and contribute to improving housing stocks in urban areas after Typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines - Urban Transitional Shelters Inspired by Traditional Building
Maximizing local building cultures to ensure appropriate transitional homes are available for the most vulnerable after Typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines - Salvage to Build Back Better
Ensuring salvaged materials from destroyed home following Typhoon Bopha are used to improve resilience for affected families.

Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Commitment to Long-Term Housing Solutions for Returnees 
Supporting government housing upgrade and reconstruction initiatives to facilitate families to return to their homes following conflict.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Ecuador - Locally Produced Pre-Fabricated Transitional Shelters for Remote Communities
Using prefabricated designs to overcome material supply and transportation challenges for remote communities.

Haiti - Camp Closures through Market Based Cash Transfers for Rental Subsidies
Working with families and communities to help them to return home from camps through rental support and life skills following the 2010 earthquake.

Haiti - Partnership to Restore Vital Hospital Facilities in Port-Au-Prince
Rebuilding a resilient hospital through collaboration with local contractors and ensuring improved healthcare for vulnerable families after the 2010 earthquake.


Watch these videos that take you to some of the more recent CRS emergency efforts to provide people with safe homes and communities:

Uganda: See the impact and new approach to refugee assistance and programming in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi settlement, now home to hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees.

Bulgaria: In Bulgaria, a Syrian refugee family plants its roots and tries to open a bakery. See this snapshot of life as refugees integrate into local Bulgarian society with a diverse range of social services by Caritas Sofia and Catholic Relief Services.

Greece: Take a behind-the-scenes look at efforts to provide shelter to thousands of refugees stranded in Athens. Follow Greek architects with CRS, Caritas Hellas and Caritas Athens as they scout vacant buildings across the city to transform into shelters for refugees as they transit to countries that have granted them asylum.

Greece: Meet Talal Restmo and his family from Aleppo, as they find safe refuge in Greece after fleeing the devastating Syrian war. In this last chapter of their painful, months-long journey from Syria, they prepare for new beginnings in Europe.

Nepal: For CRS emergency responders in Nepal, see how the mountainous backdrop presented incredible challenges, and called for creativity and ingenuity to reach people in need of help.

Nepal: Short clip showing CRS helicopter shelter supply distribution in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal.

General / Global: See how a signature approach to emergency shelter and settlement recovery can have a transformative impact in people’s ability rebuild their homes, communities and lives.