Open Shelter Database

An overview of 174 shelters which have been built throughout the world in response to disasters

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Why a humanitarian shelter database?


Humanitarian Sheltering is a key component to assist affected populations in rebuilding lives and livelihoods.

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The Open Shelter Database aims at creating a platform to collect and share with the widest possible audience, ranging from decision makers to field implementers, key information on humanitarian shelters, including the contacts of the organisations behind them


Open source database made available to the contribution of Humanitarian Shelter actors. Implementing organisations with relevant experience are invited to openly share their shelter data to the benefit of all.


Disasters hit parts of the globe with little or no predictability and their amount and consequences are alarmingly increasing year after year. See also the third party emergency events database.


The shelter database is open and searchable for everyone. Users with accounts can also add shelters. For developers an API is available.

Cost effective

Sheltering is representing huge costs for agencies. Sharing open data on best practices may drastically reduce shelter solutions development costs.

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Search shelter designs worldwide and get access to detailed information and statistics.

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Just enter a keyword in this search and press Enter (or Next on mobile). You can search on any of the shelter attributes, such as country name, building materials, and many more. Small spelling mistakes are possible. Search is English only.