At ShelterBox, we’re determined to help families affected by disaster or conflict.

But our work doesn’t stop once we’ve delivered aid. We make sure that our aid has made a significant impact to the livelihoods of the families we’ve reached. And we do that by conducting post-distribution monitoring in the areas we’ve helped.

What is post distribution monitoring

What is post-distribution monitoring?

Put simply, post-distribution monitoring is when a ShelterBox team returns to visit families several days or weeks after aid distributions to gather feedback reports from the families who received our aid.

Why do we need to do it?

We put the people caught up in distress in the centre of everything we do.

This means that it’s not enough that we provide emergency shelter aid, but that we also make sure that the families’ short-term, emergency shelter needs are met.

The feedback we get from families who received aid also helps us influence our future decisions and make improvements with disaster responses. These decisions improve families’ well-being, sustained livelihoods, community resilience for future disasters, and carve the road to self-recovery.

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Post distribution
monitoring in Somaliland

Somalia experienced the worst drought the
country has seen in years, with 2.6 million people
forced to leave their homes and 85% of livestock
dying off as a result.

From 2017 to 2020, we provided emergency aid to
over 6,000 families in Somaliland.

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ActionAid, our implementing partner in Somaliland, carried out post-distribution monitoring on our behalf for a previous project.

This was held after completion of distributions, using a sample of 286 people who received our aid.

The aid items we had provided in Somaliland throughout this distribution included tarpaulins, tools, ground mats, blankets, water carriers, water filters, kitchen sets, mosquito netssolar lights and ShelterBoxes.

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Our findings

We believe that the provision of shelter and other emergency aid puts families in a better position for long-term recovery.

The figures below show the research results which relate to our long-term goals.

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of respondents said they had slept better since receiving our aid.

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of respondents said the items protected their personal belongings, using the ShelterBox as storage.

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of respondents said that the shelter items had protected them from the weather.

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of respondents said that water carriers helped them to access portable water.

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of respondents said the items provided kept them at a comfortable temperature during the day.

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of respondents said the items provided kept them at a comfortable temperature at night.

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‘We are very grateful for what we have received. Thank you for this.’ – Bihi

Rebuilding communities

In total, we have provided support to over 6,000 families like Bihi’s in Somaliland.

77-year-old Bihi was living in a camp in Bali Mataan. Bihi was unable to provide food to his family after he’d lost all his livestock to the ruthless drought.

Together with his family he fled his home and arrived at the camp in search of food and safe shelter.

The family were provided with tarpaulin to help shelter them from the severe weather, and other essential aid items including water carriers and filtersmosquito netssolar lights, and a kitchen set so they can begin to rebuild their lives.

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Disasters don’t stop

Our work will never stop until we see a world where no one is left without shelter in the face of a devastating disaster or conflict.

Have a look at some of the other countries in the world where families received ShelterBox shelter and essential aid.