Supporting Housing Reconstruction After Disasters

Planning and implementing technical assistance at scale

This project aims to contribute to improving the quality of housing (re)construction after disasters. This is a very broad topic, both in terms of related fields and activities as in the number of actors (like governments, UN agencies, and NGOs) involved. This project focuses on the component of technical assistance, and how to implement it at scale. Led by UN-Habitat and supported by AXA, this initiative draws from decades of post-disaster recovery experience to promote a greater focus on technical assistance, and the need for concrete commitment to its implementation. Technical assistance for housing reconstruction is crucial in any reconstruction effort, as housing damages represent a large percentage (around 50% on average) of the total damages, and only a small percentage (usually less than 10%) of those affected receive support that provides them with a new home. The project will produce guiding principles for decision-makers and operational guidance for implementing actors, accompanied by resource materials and case studies. This website is the main carrier of the outputs, and downloadable PDFs will also be made available. The quality of housing and the systems that ensure safe housing construction, are important factors in how well communities deal with crises, and as such this work contributes to UN Habitat’s work on resilient urban and rural communities. This joint-work also contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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