Community-led resilience in the Yolanda response

Project: External partner: Global Shelter Cluster 9th November 2017

Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall on 8 November 2013 and was one of the largest typhoons ever recorded. While the main government response consisted of subsidies for housing reconstruction or repair, humanitarian agencies used a range of approaches which included cash- or voucher-based interventions, but also training and construction of transitional, core or permanent shelters.

This case study describes how a community-led resilient recovery programme supported remote indigenous communities on sectors including shelter, infrastructure, livelihoods, WASH and Disaster Risk Reduction. The projects adopted an integrated approach, taking shelter as an entry point for area-based programming and then expanding to a broader programme of community resilience-building. The different offices were given flexibility on implementation within a common principle of maximizing communities’ agency. Communities were allowed to manage their own funds, planning and implementation of the activities.

Shelter Projects has produced four additional case studies about the Yolanda response on: construction of core shelters, construction management and community engagement, community DRR training, and inter-sectoral response. These are available here.   

Thank you to Shelter Projects for contributing this learning.

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