CARE India in partnership with Sphere India and Christian Aid is organizing a National Conference on ‘’Shelter in Emergencies – Challenges and Possibilities” on February 25, 2016 at Hotel Royal Plaza, New Delhi. (0930 hrs. – 1730 hrs.)

The conference aims to bring shelter experts from Government of India, United Nations, Civil Society Organizations, Corporates and Academia across the country to share good practices in emergency shelters and shelter solutions for DRR.

CARE India in association with Christian Aid has recently conducted a study of post-disaster shelter projects in order to evaluate their medium to long-term effectiveness for strengthening the future shelter programs in India. The National conference will disseminate the findings of the shelter study and will focus on review of approaches to shelter in past emergencies and knowledge sharing amongst various stakeholders to strengthen the process of future shelter provision post disaster at national level.


  • Learning from past/history: Review approaches to emergency shelter in past emergencies and assess their outcomes and relevance for the future.

  • Learning from one another: Knowledge sharing amongst various stakeholders to strengthen the processes of shelter provision post disaster and innovations in the sector

  • Preparing for the future shelter interventions in emergencies:
    • Understanding of good practices in shelter in emergencies
    • Improved coordination in future responses
    • Developing a consensus around future post-disaster shelter programming

  • Recommending strategies for disaster resilient shelter for deliberation at the forthcoming AMCDRR 2016 (Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)

Expected Outcomes:

  • Recommendations for strategy on shelter in emergencies in India

  • Common understanding of good practices in shelter in emergencies

  • Collective forward action plan


  • National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)

  • National and State Government representatives

  • Members of Shelter Forum, social innovators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, engineers and architects, academics,non-governmental organisations, UN organisations, IFRC, community based groups, corporates, Indian researchers and other international organisations.


Date : 25th Feb’ 2016

Venue : Hotel Royal Plaza, New Delhi


For further details/ registration, please contact:
Name- Mona Mahendru
Mobile: +91 8510010246

CARE in India has been responding to disasters in India for over 65 years as one of the major actors in humanitarian response.  Over the years, CARE has responded to all major disasters by providing emergency relief assistance and through recovery initiatives. Interventions within these initiatives have been in the sectors of shelter, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and livelihoods for the most vulnerable sections affected by disasters including single women headed households, disabled, landless laborers and small farm holders.
Every year, disasters leave millions of people affected in terms of loss of life, loss of property/shelter and livelihood. During humanitarian crisis, many of those affected are forced to flee their homes, and many houses are destroyed. Therefore, Shelter is one of the worst impacted sector during disasters. Marginalized communities, who suffer from income fluctuations, and have limited access to financial resources are more vulnerable in the aftermath of any disaster. The other reasons for loss of shelter during disaster is poor construction design (very often due to limited financial resource) and lack of skills on disaster resilient construction. The major challenges in Shelter in Emergencies are the design, cost and sustainability of the shelter.

Over the last decade 2005-2015 the number of people who lost their shelter due to disasters in South Asia was 15.3 million, of which 8.9 million was in India alone (source: Emdat). Total economic loss estimate in India due to impact on infrastructure was USD 44.2 million dollars.