Working Group on NFI practices

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Meeting household needs is part of the shelter response and in many contexts it constitutes a very important part of this response, particularly in conflict-related emergencies with repeated displacements. These households’ needs are often met through the distribution of NFIs but other methodologies are also being used.

In late 2008, the cluster produced guidance on selecting NFIs for shelter which focusses on how to select and combine NFIs into packages. A number of country-level shelter cluster have had important NFI components and good lessons have been learnt on dealing with NFIs and meeting household needs through fairs, cash, and other tools.

A series of workshops were held first in Nairobi in 2016 and then in Bangkok in 2018 to enable stakeholders to gather together to discuss contextualisation of their responses and to feed into the strategy of the working group. Practitioners in these meetings reflected that in order to do better distributions, the NFI WG could play a central role in better sharing practices from the field which could be contextualised to other responses. 

In 2019 during the GSC meeting, NFI Working Group Members elected to expand on the theme of building capacity to do better distributions. In 2020, the NFI WG conducted a study which highlighted the main topics to be covered in a training curriculum or in checklist features that could be used in responses. Resources are required to take this forward, while some partners have resources that they can feed into an overall training. NFI WG meetings are held monthly or bi-monthly and contribute to this goal of collecting practices, learning and recommendations from partners. During this format, the following topics have been discussed

  1. Advancing a Training Curriculum on NFIs December 2019: https://www.sheltercluster.org/working-group-nfi-practices/documents/nfi-wg-meeting-december-17-2019
  2. Data Collection in hard to reach areas and determining vulnerability in Shelter
  3. Fuel for Cooking and Winterization and Energy in the Shelter/NFI response: https://www.sheltercluster.org/working-group-nfi-practices/2020-08-26/gsc-nfi-wg-discusses-fuel-cooking-and-winterization

This Working Group will gather and disseminate good practices on NFIs and meeting household needs. More information can be found in this summary.

This group is led by UNHCR and IFRC.

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