Lessons from Haiyan

Alongside the Promoting Safer Building Pilot Project, Habitat for Humanity GB and CARE International UK have funded a comparative review of evaluations and learning documents from the shelter response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Panel discussion: Toward supporting self-recovery in the current climate of disaster response, DRR, humanitarian and development policy, Promoting Safer Building Conference July 2017 Left to right: Victoria Maynard, Ramesh Guragain & Lizzie Babister

Project overview

Following super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013 ‘support for household self-recovery’ (SSSR) was one of three strategic objectives of the Philippine Shelter Cluster.  This included a target of providing shelter materials, tools, cash and technical assistance to 500,000 households within the first year of the response.

The number and diversity of SSSR programmes implemented following super typhoon Haiyan provides a unique opportunity to capture lessons, challenges and best practice.  This research aims to synthesise learning from several SSSR programmes in order to improve policy and practice in future humanitarian responses.

Specific research questions included:

Interventions and outcomes

  1. What combinations of material, technical and financial assistance were provided?
  2. How did the programmes balance the cost and quality of assistance provided, with the speed of implementation and the number of households assisted?
  3. What were the effects of these variations on programme outcomes?

Process of implementation

  1. What were the primary contributions of households?
  2. Programatically, what worked well and what was not as effective?
  3. Contextually, what factors helped or hindered implementation?

Progress and next steps

Drawing on lessons from previous research by the authors into SSSR this study adopted a simplified evidence synthesis approach.  This involved: searching for and screening potential documents for inclusion; extracting and synthesising data; reporting and review.

64 agencies had already implemented, or planned to implement, SSSR programmes by October 2014.  This was reduced to a short-list of six programmes for inclusion in this study.

Preliminary findings from the synthesis were presented in May 2017 (20170516_LFH at PSB).  The final report will be published and presented soon.

Victoria Maynard gives an update on the project at the Promoting Safer Building mid-project conference, May 2017

The review is being undertaken by: