This opinion piece argues that failure to deal with the long-term aftermath of a disaster and to bring development thinking into the humanitarian response at d to promote a settlements-based approach to guide dethe outset of that response usually leads to further trouble. In particular, shelter should have œRespect for the Past? and œLinkage to the Future?. Shelter assistance should focus less on œfour-walls-and-a-roof? approach and more on the institutional requirements and strategic vision needelivery of shelter.