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Building Communities: A holistic approach to relocation and livelihoods: housing, cash grants, and community projects

2011 — By Spanish Red Cross

This case study looks at the Spanish Red Cross’ housing reconstruction programme which took place between 2007-09 in Sri Lanka, following the devastating Tsunami. In addition to housing this intervention had two main approaches: household level grants for re-starting, supporting the strengthening or development of livelihoods, and a range of community projects identified and implemented by the community themselves. The aim was to restore a meaningful income and activities to ensure the social integration of people into their new communities. The paper gives an overview of the programme implementation (including mobilisation, targeting, cash delivery mechanism etc) and details the programmes achievements and impact. It also looks at monitoring, programme exit and provides opportunities for learning.