From conflict and disasters to situations of mass displacement, safe and adequate shelter is a critical component of crisis response. Shelter will often be necessary to survival, and is an essential component in protecting the privacy and dignity of affected people. Shelter assistance can take various forms, from large communal emergency welcome centres to the construction of individual housing. Shelter is deeply cultural/contextual, and aid responders face thorny questions related to the temporariness, timeliness and cost of providing different forms of shelter assistance.
View of roofs of shelters in a camp in South Sudan
Photo: Nektarios Markogiannis/UNMISS

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