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)
Identify and meet the tools and fixings needs of populations responsible for the safe construction of part or all of their shelters or communal facilities, for carrying out essential maintenance or for debris removal (see guidance notes 1–2).
Ensure that adequate mechanisms for the use, maintenance and safekeeping of tools and fixings, where they are provided for communal or shared use, are agreed and commonly understood (see guidance notes 1–2).
Provide training or guidance where necessary in the use of the tools and in construction, maintenance or debris removal (see guidance note 3).
Key indicators (to be read in conjunction with the guidance notes)
All households or community groups have access to tools and equipment to safely undertake construction, maintenance or debris removal tasks where required (see guidance notes 1–2).
All households or community groups have access to training and awareness-raising in the safe use of tools and fixings provided (see guidance note 3).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).