AUTHOR: Shelter Cluster Team, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC)


TYPE OF TOOL: Knowledge platform

KEYWORDS: environmental management, Shelter Cluster Team, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC), knowledge platform, guidelines, handbooks, shelter, restoration, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: Web site. Specific tools available primarily in English

LANGUAGES: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish


https://www.sheltercluster.org/Pages/default.aspx (global shelter cluster)

https://www.sheltercluster.org/sites/default/files/docs/700400-shelter_coordination_team-en-lr.pdf (guidance)

ABOUT THE TOOL: The Shelter Cluster website makes available a wide array of guidelines, planning toolkits, and handbooks related to contingency planning, settlement planning, shelter specifications, shelter programming, non-food items, cross-cutting aspects, and cluster coordination.  At the global level, the aim of the cluster approach is to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies by ensuring that there is predictable leadership and accountability in all the main sectors or areas of humanitarian response.  Similarly, at the country level the aim is to strengthen humanitarian response by demanding high standards of predictability, accountability and partnership in all sectors or areas of activity. The cluster approach can be used in both conflict-related humanitarian emergencies and in disaster situations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) is an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) coordination mechanism that supports people affected by natural disasters and internally displaced people affected by conflict with the means to live in safe, dignified and appropriate shelter. The GSC enables better coordination among all shelter actors, including local and national governments, so that people who need shelter assistance get help faster and receive the right kind of support.

INTENDED USER:  This toolkit is designed for use by coordination teams deployed by the Emergency Shelter Cluster co-chairs UNHCR and IFRC to chair in-country Emergency Shelter Cluster Working Groups.


AUTHOR: International Rescue Committee (IRC)


TYPE OF TOOL: Knowledge Platform

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, International Rescue Committee (IRC), knowledge platform, risk reduction

FORMAT: Website with various downloadable documents and training courses

LANGUAGES: English, some documents available in French and Arabic


http://www.rescue.org (IRC)

http://ccsas.iawg.net (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The goal of this multimedia educational program is to improve clinical care for and general treatment of sexual assault survivors by providing medical instruction and encouraging competent, compassionate, confidential care. The training is not meant to teach basic medical information; it is a skills based training designed to help medical professionals and clinic staff better communicate with and serve survivors of sexual assault.

The CCSAS multimedia tool has been used in many countries all over the world, by (I)NGOs and government institutions and in conflict as well as post conflict settings.

Based on experiences, feed-back from partners and newest research, the facilitator’s guides were updated and revised and the CCSAS psychosocial tool kit was added in early 2014. Furthermore we are working on the Arabic version which will be available by the end of 2014.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.”

INTENDED USER: Field-based practitioners

UN Environmental Emergencies Centre Training

AUTHOR: Environmental Emergencies Centre


TYPE OF TOOL: Knowledge Platform

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Environmental Emergencies Centre, knowledge platform, restoration, impact assessment, risk reduction

FORMAT: eLearning modules. “In order to complete an eLearning module you are first required to register, which is at no cost and open to the public. Upon successful completion of each module you are asked to complete a Course Evaluation, after which you will be issued your certificate of successful completion.

LANGUAGES: English (all modules), French (2 modules), Russian (1 module), Arabic (1 module)


http://www.eecentre.org (Environmental Emergencies Centre)

http://www.eecentre.org/library/ (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The Environmental Emergencies Centre hosts an online learning series consisting of eLearning modules developed by the Joint UNEP/OCHA Unit and partners on a range of environmental emergency preparedness and response topics. Among them: Beyond Response: better preparedness for environmental emergencies, Introduction to Industrial Accidents, Introduction to Disaster Waste Management, and the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Environmental Emergencies Centre (EEC) is an online preparedness tool designed to enable an effective response to environmental emergencies. The EEC is a one-stop-shop of information, tools, trainings and guidance to inform a more prepared and effective response to environmental emergencies. Founded in 2012, it is an initiative of the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, developed in close coordination with the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies.”

INTENDED USER: “The EEC is a tool for everyone, communities and governments alike, seeking assistance through training, knowledge, experience and good practice sharing to increase their preparedness to be able to effectively respond when disasters strike.”