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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

Non-food items standard 5: Tools and fixings

The affected population, when responsible for the construction or maintenance of their shelter or for debris removal, has access to the necessary tools, fixings and complementary training.

Key actions (to be read in conjunction with the guidance notes)

Key indicators (to be read in conjunction with the guidance notes)

Guidance notes

  1. Typical tool sets: Tools and fixings provided should be familiar and appropriate to the context. Fixings, such as nails of different sizes, galvanised wire and rope, and items to help setting out and measuring, should be considered. Communal tools should be provided where such tools are for use on public buildings and are only required for a limited period of time, or where such resources are limited. Any such shared use, maintenance and safekeeping should be agreed before distribution.
  2. Livelihood activities: Where possible, the tools provided should also be appropriate for livelihood support activities. Tool use should be monitored to avoid negative impacts on the environment (such as unauthorised or unsustainable harvesting of natural resources, etc.) and any shared or communal use of such tools.
  3. Training and technical assistance: Training or awareness-raising should be available in the safe use and simple maintenance of tools and in planned activities. Assistance from extended family members, neighbours or contracted labour to undertake the designated construction or maintenance tasks should be provided to female-headed households and other identified vulnerable people (see Shelter and settlements standard 4, guidance note 1).