This course introduces the basics of humanitarian community shelter and settlements (S&S) activities, including some history and trends related to the sector, best practices in assessments and programming strategy, basic shelter responses, the relationship between shelter and its context (settlements), and how to promote the recovery of affected settlements. The module was developed by InterAction and is based on many years of USAID/OFDA and humanitarian organization experience in S&S activities, so discussions and case studies are based on real-life situations. The discussions are non-technical and are geared towards developing strategies and identifying options for appropriately delivering humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance. 

The course also provides an opportunity for participants to understand the relationship of S&S activities, disaster risk reduction and larger trends such as urbanization. This version of the course incorporates participant feedback from over 15 USAID/OFDA S&S training courses conducted in the US, Canada, Costa Rica, Taiwan, and Thailand.


This course is designed for all humanitarians and non-humanitarians who wish to understand Shelter and Settlement in humanitarian contexts.


This course is divided into five modules. Each module will take between 45 minutes to an hour to complete. 


Module 1:  Overview and Trends

Module 2:  Issues and Concerns

Module 3:  Shelter

Module 4:  Settlements

Module 5:  Disaster Risk Reduction & Re-conceiving the Road to Recovery