Shelter and settlements



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What we do in shelter

What we do in shelter

One housing sector approach The Red Cross Movement is involved since decades in providing shelter...

Coordinación de las actividades relativas al alojamiento

Coordinación de las actividades relativas al alojamiento

En 2006, la Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja ...

Recursos que proporcionamos en el área de alojamiento

Recursos que proporcionamos en el área de alojamiento

Prestamos apoyo y asesoramiento técnico, impartimos formación y divulgamos innovaciones en ...

Apoyo a quienes se dedican al refugio

Apoyo a quienes se dedican al refugio

Complementando la provisión de asistencia en forma de refugio después de ocurrido un desastre ...

Nuestro enfoque del alojamiento

Nuestro enfoque del alojamiento

Atender a las necesidades relativas al alojamiento después de un desastre debe considerarse un ...

Shelter library

Shelter library: Publications

The Shelter department library is an archive that contains technical guidance and numerous ...


What is shelter and settlements?

In the early stages of an emergency, shelter, is a critical determinant of survival, along with water supply, sanitation, food and healthcare. Shelter plays an essential role in reducing vulnerability and building communities’ resilience. The IFRC supports Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in the areas of risk reduction through safer construction practices and sustainable construction of human settlements both before and after disasters. In addition, the IFRC is co-lead of the Global Shelter Cluster, tasked to coordinate the shelter response after natural disasters.

We consider that shelter is not just a matter of building a ‘product’ – but rather a ‘process’ whereby people can improve their own homes, and engage to create a safe and secure environment. The ‘sheltering process’ is a continuum between humanitarian action and long term development, and must include other essential facilities such as social & education services, access to market and responsible use of natural resources.


The Shelter Effect is a campaign on how a safe home can change everything.

Floods, cyclones, earthquakes and urban risks are increasing. Sustainable shelter can reduce the impact of disasters, and small improvements of living conditions enable better education and health. This is the path to safe shelter. This is the shelter effect.

 

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La Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja es la mayor organización humanitaria del mundo, con 190 sociedades miembros. Siendo uno de los componentes del Movimiento Internacional de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja, nuestra labor se rige por los siete principios fundamentales: humanidad, imparcialidad, neutralidad, independencia, voluntariado, unidad y universalidad.