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Request of Expressions of Interest to implement activities of an ECHO funded project to the Global Shelter Cluster

The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) has received funding from DG ECHO’s Enhanced Response Capacity grant to mobilize collective efforts towards a greener and climate smart humanitarian shelter and settlements response.

We would like to announce the launch of the Request for Expressions of Interest to implement certain activities included in this project.

The overall project amounts to 873,776 EUR of which ECHO is contributing 650,000 EUR (70%) with the rest being co-funding from UNHCR, IFRC, and the partners who will implement the project. The duration of the project is 24 months starting on 1 July 2021. This grant has been channeled through UNHCR, which is responsible to ensure the smooth implementation of activities by Global Shelter Cluster partners and co-lead agencies.

If your organization is interested in implementing any of the activities funded through this grant, please follow these steps:

  1. Participate in the webinar that will explain the activities funded through the ECHO grant in detail. The webinar will take place on 6 July 2021 at 14:00 CEST (Geneva time). To attend please register in advance. The meeting links will be shared only with registered participants.
  2. Read the Partners’ Selection Process. It provides a summary of the process, timeline, and responsibilities of partners.
  3. To apply, you will have to fill in the Expressions of Interest Excel document for those activities that you intend to apply and submit it to proposals@sheltercluster.org. The deadline for applications is by CoB Sunday, 1 August 2021. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at proposals@sheltercluster.org

Those organizations which are not already UNHCR partners should submit a Partner Declaration explaining how they fulfill some basic eligibility criteria.

The GSC Support Team will review the applications and a Selection Committee composed of UNHCR staff and SAG members will decide the most suitable applicants to implement each of the activities. The selected applicants will be individually notified, and the results will be communicated to all partners through a GSC global update. The selected partners will need to register in UNHCR’s partners portal and sign a Project Partner Agreement using the standard UNHCR documents.

The information on this ECHO contribution is available on the ECHO Contribution page.


Forced Migration Review issue 55 with a major feature on ‘Shelter in displacement’ 

All displaced people need some form of shelter. Whatever the type of shelter which is found, provided or built, it needs to answer multiple needs: protection from the elements, physical security, safety, comfort, emotional security, some mitigation of risk and unease, and even, as time passes, some semblance of home and community. This latest issue of FMR looks at the complexity of approaches to shelter both as a physical object in a physical location and as a response to essential human needs.

It also contains a selection of ‘general’ articles on other forced migration topics.

Read the full issue or individual articles online at www.fmreview.org/shelter (audio/podcast versions also available via this link) or email fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk to request print copies for your organisation, or for onward distribution or for use in training. (If requesting print copies, please remember to send us your full postal address.)

This issue will be available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

Thanks to the following for their financial support for this issue: Better Shelter, Happold Foundation, Hunter and Stephanie Hunt, Norwegian Refugee Council, Open Society Foundations, Suricatta Systems, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, UN-Habitat and UNHCR (DPSM).

Shelter Projects 2015-2016

Spanning humanitarian responses from all over the world, Shelter Projects 2015-2016 is the sixth in a series of compilations of shelter case studies, overviews of emergencies and opinion pieces. The projects represent responses to conflict, natural disasters and complex or multiple crises, demonstrating some of the implementation and response options available. The book is intended to support learning by highlighting the strengths, weaknesses and some of the lessons that can be learned from different projects, which try to maximize emergency funds to safeguard the health, security and dignity of affected people, whilst – wherever possible – supporting longer-term shelter needs and sustainable recovery. The target audience is humanitarian managers and shelter programme staff from local, national and international organizations at all levels of experience. Shelter Projects is also a useful resource for advocacy purposes, showcasing the work done by the sector, as well as for research and capacity-building activities.