Housing After Disaster: Project Results


Governments, development and built environment stakeholders have increased knowledge to plan and operationalise technical assistance for housing reconstruction to meet the needs of communities affected by disasters and to foster sustainable improvements in housing construction.

Expected Results

  1. Resource materials offering guidance on the principles and operationalisationof technical assistance activities and practical examplesand experience from post-disaster case studies.
    • An introduction to the principlesand overview of the components of technical assistance in post-disaster housing reconstruction.
    • A compendium of guidance for planning and implementing technical assistance activities, operationalising the principles set out in the introduction guide.
    • A review of issues in planning and managing large scale technical assistance after disasters, including organisational arrangements, roles and relationships, funding, phasing and institutionalisation.
    • A series of case studiesfrom recent post-disaster experience analysing the role of technical assistance.
  2. Awareness-raising and advocacy materials and initiatives promoting greater capacity and consensus among, and collective action by, assistance stakeholders who support housing reconstruction.


This project focuses on the actors and processes involved in developing and promoting standards, guidance and technical assistance activities, it does not seek to analyse engineering aspects of construction standards or guidance.

Topics covered in the guidelines will include:

  1. research and development of standards and guidance,
  2. mass media communication,
  3. training, knowledge and skills development,
  4. field outreach, mobilisation and engagement,
  5. financial assistance mechanisms,
  6. construction sector development,
  7. quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of reconstruction and assistance,
  8. social and environmental dimensions and safeguards.

Target Audience

  1. Decision makers:
    governments, funding agencies, professional and coordination bodies
  2. Implementing agencies:
    governments, humanitarian and development organisations, housing technical professionals, housing financial service providers, development and built environment education, information managers, media.



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