The IFRC-Shelter Research Unit

The IFRC Shelter Research Unit (IFRC SRU)  provides a research service to:

  • document and analyze existing shelter solutions and practices with regard to materials, building techniques and designs to unlock and make available the  vast body of existing knowledge;
  • analyze common practices and shelter models to identify gaps and needs for technical development and innovation;
  • support the development of innovative shelter solutions, and the testing of materials and items by linking practitioners in the humanitarian sector to technical research institutes, academic institutions and the private sector.

Shelter research and innovation advanced by the IFRC SRU outside of disaster will be readily available to shelter practitioners within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the wider humanitarian shelter sector.

The IFRC SRU has been established by the Red Cross Societies of the Benelux and the IFRC to improve  humanitarian shelter solutions provided to affected populations after disaster through enhanced technical research and innovation.