Diversity and Adaptation of Shelters in Transition Settlements for IDPs in Afghanistan

This report describes the diversity of shelter's used in transitional settlements for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Herat, Afghanistan. The report is based on a field survey undertaken in March 2002 and highlights the adaptation techniques, which IDPs undertake to improve any provided shelter. Potential areas for improvement are indicated; for example, the possibility for using insulated, demountable liners to prevent cold-related deaths without sacrificing shelter flexibility along with the likely need for better agency coordination of the shelter responses they provide. The wider context in which the technical recommendations would be implemented must also be considered. Such issues include agency resources, political impediments to providing the desired option, and the preference of many IDPs that the best shelter would be their home.