CARE UK conducted research in order to learn from people affected by crises to inform best-practice guidelines and develop collective understanding of self-recovery. CARE UK supported country offices remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in 2020 and 2021.
CARE UK also contributed to research into the wider impacts of shelter programming, specifically the relative impact of shelter on different aspects of recovery, including physical and mental health, livelihoods and protection.
To find out more about the lived reality of people recovering from disasters and to understand the impact of shelter interventions, the CARE UK and CENDEP teams facilitated field research in Vanuatu and Malawi, in partnership with the CARE Vanuatu and CARE Malawi country offices.
In Vanuatu, an external consultancy team conducted the fieldwork and produced a report based on their findings. The report includes key learnings and recommendations that will help inform the future shelter self-recovery strategies of CARE International and the wider humanitarian community.
In Malawi, a team of researchers and enumerators from CARE Malawi conducted the fieldwork in August 2021. The early findings were presented at a learning event held in Lilongwe in September 2021. The CARE Malawi team are following up with additional field visits following further flooding in January 2022. The final report and recommendations will be published soon.