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An online course on participatory assessment of local building practices

CRAterre, in partnership with Caritas Bangladesh and Catholic Relief Services, is developing a free online course on Participatory Assessment of Local Building Practices. This initiative is supported by the Foundation Abbé Pierre and the Global Shelter Cluster (USAID-BHA Grant).

The course will be available in the last quarter of 2022. It is aimed at different actors working on housing and settlements issues and interested in promoting localized responses.

Check out the course trailer now!

In the meantime, you can access the available resources for conducting a participatory assessment of local building practices. The ‘Guide for the contextual analysis of local habitat’ as well as the different tools (interview forms, report template) are available in English, French, and Spanish at the following link: or directly here for the English versions:

Guide for the contextual analysis of local habitat: Simplified version

Form 1: Interview with authorities

Form 2: Synthesis of collective interview and target location visit

Form 3: Focus group discussion – women, persons with disabilities

Form 4: Visit and individual interview with households

Form 5: Visits or FGD with construction actors

Form 6: Other focus groups (context-specific)

Template reporting context analysis

The method and forms serve as a basis and should be adapted to each context for which the methodology will be used.

For more information, you can consult the reference document Assessing local building cultures for resilience & development.

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