500 återvändande irakiska flyktingfamiljer får nödbostäder

Press Releases   •   Sep 06, 2017 12:51 CEST

En insamling har startats för att hjälpa återvändande flyktingar i Irak medan de återställer sina raserade hem. Den schweiziska hjälporganisationen Terre des hommes och det svenska sociala företaget Better Shelter kommer att bistå 500 familjer med nödbostäder under tiden de återuppbygger sina liv.

500 Iraqi returnee families will be provided with Better Shelter

Press Releases   •   Sep 06, 2017 12:33 CEST

A fundraiser has been initiated to support returning refugees in Iraq while they restore their homes ruined after years of civil war. The Swiss child relief agency Terre des hommes and the Swedish social enterprise Better Shelter will provide 500 families with emergency shelters to live in while they rebuild their lives at home.

Swedish innovation ‘Better Shelter’ wins Grand Prize in prestigious design awards

Press Releases   •   Jan 27, 2017 08:09 CET

The Better Shelter emergency shelter was the big winner in the ninth Beazley Designs of the Year awards, taking home both the Architecture award and the 2017 Grand Prize. The Beazley Design Awards recognise the most original and exciting designs from around the world in six different categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Products and Transport.

70 projects were nominated for this year’s awards, all of which can be found in a special exhibition at London’s Design Museum until 19 February 2017. Nominations for the award must promote or deliver change, capture the spirit of the year, enable accessibility and have a developed and innovative design. Each year one of the category winners is awarded the overall Grand Prize – and Better Shelter was this year’s victor.

”We are incredibly proud to be bringing home both the Beazley Designs of the Year Award for Architecture and this year’s Grand Prize – especially in a year with such intense competition,” says Johan Karlsson, initator and interim Managing Director of Better Shelter.

Other projects nominated for this year’s Architecture Award included OMA’s award-winning Prada Foundation in Milan and the recently completed New Tate Modern – and extension to the famous London museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

”We are above all pleased that this prize brings attention to our hard work, and as a result, the refugee situation as a whole. We accept this award with mixed emotions – while we are pleased that this kind of design is honoured, we are aware that it has been developed in response to the humanitarian needs that have arisen as the result of the refugee crisis,” says Johan Karlsson.

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Märta Terne, Communications Director, Better Shelter: marta.terne@bettershelter.org, 0702991880

Better Shelter aims to improve the lives of persons displaced by conflicts and natural disasters, by developing and providing innovative housing solutions. The Better Shelter is a weatherproof temporary shelter that offers a more dignified home for displaced families as well as a cost-effective solution for humanitarian organisations. Better Shelter is a social enterprise aiming to achieve social change at scale in a financially self-sustainable way. Every dollar generated in profit is reinvested within the company or distributed to Better Shelter’s philanthropic owner, the non-profit Housing for All Foundation. Better Shelters are currently being used temporary homes and health care facilities in Ethiopia, Greece, Iraq, Macedonia and Nepal. In early 2015, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) signed a frame agreement of 30,000 shelters for its operations worldwide. Better Shelter is the result of a partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNHCR and Better Shelter. For more information, please visit www.bettershelter.org.

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Svenska innovationen Better Shelter stor vinnare i prestigefull designtävling

Press Releases   •   Jan 27, 2017 08:03 CET

Nödbostaden Better Shelter blev på torsdagskvällen den stora vinnaren i Beazley Designs of the Year när de tog hem priset för årets design i kategorin Arkitektur samt tävlingens stora pris. I år är nionde året som det prestigefulla designpriset prisar de senaste 12 månadernas mest originella och spännande design från hela världen i sex olika kategorier: Arkitektur, Digitalt, Mode, Grafik, Produkt och Transport.

70 projekt var nominerade till de sex olika kategorierna i Beazley Designs of the Year, som alla återfinns i en utställning på Design Museum i London fram till den 19 februari 2017. För att bli nominerad krävs att projektet främjar eller skapar förändring, fångar årets anda, möjliggör tillgänglighet och har en utvecklad och nytänkande design. En av vinnarna från de sex kategorierna utses också till tävlingens stora vinnare, i år utsågs priset till Better Shelter.

– Vi är otroligt stolta över att vinna både priset för årets design inom arkitektur och det stora priset i Beazley Designs of the Year, speciellt med den hårda konkurrensen som finns i år, säger Johan Karlsson, grundare av och interim VD för Better Shelter.

Andra projekt som också nominerades till årets design i kategorin Arkitektur är det prisbelönta Prada Foundation i Milano, designat av OMA, och det nyligen färdigbyggda The New Tate Modern – en ikonisk tillbyggnad till nationalmuseet i London, designat av Herzog & de Meuron.

– Vi är framförallt glada att vårt hårda arbete - och flyktingfrågan i stort - uppmärksammas i och med att vi tar hem det stora priset i Beazley Designs of the Year. Dock är det givetvis med blandade känslor vi tar emot designpris, då vår produkt har vuxit fram utifrån de allvarliga humanitära behov som har följt i flyktingkrisens spår, säger Johan Karlsson. 

Kontaktuppgifter:
Märta Terne, kommunikationsansvarig Better Shelter: marta.terne@bettershelter.org, 0702991880

Better Shelter aims to improve the lives of persons displaced by conflicts and natural disasters, by developing and providing innovative housing solutions. The Better Shelter is a weatherproof temporary shelter that offers a more dignified home for displaced families as well as a cost-effective solution for humanitarian organisations. Better Shelter is a social enterprise aiming to achieve social change at scale in a financially self-sustainable way. Every dollar generated in profit is reinvested within the company or distributed to Better Shelter’s philanthropic owner, the non-profit Housing for All Foundation. Better Shelters are currently being used temporary homes and health care facilities in Ethiopia, Greece, Iraq, Macedonia and Nepal. In early 2015, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) signed a frame agreement of 30,000 shelters for its operations worldwide. Better Shelter is the result of a partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNHCR and Better Shelter. For more information, please visit www.bettershelter.org.

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MoMA includes Better Shelter in its permanent collection

Press Releases   •   Oct 13, 2016 11:22 CEST

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has one of the world’s biggest collections of modern art, with over 200,000 works from around the world. The collection is constantly expanding, and in its latest selection process the museum decided to include Better Shelter’s emergency shelter into its permanent collection.

MoMA tar in Better Shelter i sin permanenta konstsamling

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2016 11:12 CEST

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) i New York har en av världens största moderna konstsamlingar, med över 200 000 verk från hela världen. Konstsamlingen utvidgas konstant, och i senaste urvalet valdes Better Shelters nödbostad in.

​Better Shelter, UNDP and Coders Trust launch a mobile classroom pilot in Bangladesh

Press Releases   •   Oct 10, 2016 13:11 CEST

Coders Trust has joined forces with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to create a pilot program, Youth Employment through Skills (YES), to teach young Bangladeshis the technical coding, communication and freelancing skills they need start earning a living in the international digital freelance marketplace.

Better Shelter, a social enterprise which develops and provides temporary buildings usually used to house and help persons displaced by armed conflict and natural disaster, has donated two of its modular shelters to UNDP. Better Shelter will also provide UNDP personnel with the training they need to erect the structures.

With this support from Better Shelter, CodersTrust and UNDP plan to enable 100 000 students over 3 years to become IT freelancers, by providing them with access to education and finance. In order to achieve this they will launch a mobile classroom pilot for 360 students in the Narail district of Bangladesh. The pilot will evaluate the suitability of Better Shelter units as mobile classrooms. The buildings will be fully equipped with desks, chairs, computers and Internet access.

Approximately 41% of Bangladeshi youth are not in education, employment, or in training. The aim of YES is to train students in programming, giving them skills that could earn them up to US$ 300 per month - almost 10 times the national median monthly income.

“We are very excited to be working with UNDP and CodersTrust to provide a more hopeful future for Bangladeshi students. The modular characteristics of the Better Shelter makes it a great option for this type of mobile, temporary classroom and we believe this pilot program will be a great success!” says Johan Karlsson, Interim Managing Director of Better Shelter.

CodersTrust and UNDP have devised a six month ‘Learn and Earn’ program for Bangladeshi students which provides them with world-class content, one-to-one mentoring and peer-to-peer online learning, as well as offering the chance to work on real, paid assignments. In addition, the students will learn how to boost their confidence and gain the communication, negotiation and presentation skills they need to compete in international markets.

UNDP Bangladesh Country Director, Pauline Tamesis, “The Youth Employment through Skills Programme will help the country’s extremely smart, talented young people get a head start in the vibrant global digital economy. It will enable them to gain skills that are in demand across the world, and give them the opportunity to do hands-on work for clients. While they learn, they also earn. This increases their potential, and brings greater prosperity to Bangladesh”.

As part of the pilot program, UNDP and CodersTrust are launching a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo which aims to raise US$ 40,000. That will cover the costs of equipping the mobile classroom units, as well as funding the Learn and Earn program. Supporters of the cause will be eligible for some great perks, including some autographed items by Mashrafe Mortaza, legendary Captain of the Bangladesh Cricket Team and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.

The pilot program will be rolled out during the autumn of 2016, with 186 mobile classrooms being introduced incrementally over a period of two and a half years. Locations will be selected according to criteria including previous experience of working in particular areas, the proximity of current and potential business partners, the need for poverty reduction, quality of governance, population levels and suitability of infrastructure.

For more information, please contact Märta Terne, Head of Marketing & Communication, Better Shelter at marta.terne@bettershelter.org.

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CodersTrust hacks IT education for the 99%. We believe that everyone has the right to financial independence regardless of their gender or social background. Through our online platform, we provide the path for anyone to become a successful IT freelancer with world class content, 24/7 learning support and 24/7 earning support. Join the world of young believers www.coderstrust.com.

UNDP, The United Nations Development Programme, is the United Nations' global development network which works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Fore more info, please visit www.undp.org/.

Better Shelter develops innovative housing solutions with a mission to improve the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters. The Better Shelter is a weatherproof temporary shelter that offers a more dignified home for displaced families as well as a cost-effective solution for humanitarian organisations. Better Shelter is a Swedish social enterprise aiming to achieve social change at scale in a financially self-sustainable way. Every dollar generated in profit is reinvested within the company or distributed to Better Shelter’s philanthropic owner, the non-profit Housing for All Foundation. Better Shelter units are currently housing families and health care facilities in Ethiopia, Greece, Iraq, Macedonia and Nepal. Better Shelter is the result of a partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNHCR and Better Shelter. For more information, please visit www.bettershelter.org.

Better Shelter, a social enterprise which develops temporary buildings usually used to house and help persons displaced by armed conflict and natural disaster, has donated two of its modular shelters to UNDP. With this support from Better Shelter, CodersTrust and UNDP plan to enable 100 000 students over 3 years to become IT freelancers, by providing them with access to education and finance.

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Better Shelter nominated as a Design of the Year

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2016 15:15 CEST

This week, the nominations for the prestigious Beazley Designs of the Year were announced – and Better Shelter is on the list. The winners will be announced in January, with David Bowie’s final album, the architecture of the Tate Modern Gallery’s new extension and a coffee mug designed for use in space also competing.

Better Shelter nominerad i Designs of the Year

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2016 15:08 CEST

​I veckan släpptes nomineringarna i årets upplaga av Beazley Designs of the Year – och nödbostaden Better Shelter finns med på listan. I januari avgörs tävlingen, där även David Bowies sista album, museet TATE’s nya arkitektur och en kaffemugg designad för rymden är med och tävlar.

Museum of Modern Art visar arkitektlösningar som möter flyktingsituationens behov – Better Shelter i fokus

Press Releases   •   Jun 07, 2016 11:11 CEST

​New York-baserade Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) kommande utställning Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter presenterar lösningar inom arkitektur, design och konst som möter behoven som uppstår till följd av den globala flyktingsituationen. I utställningen visas svenska Better Shelter.

About Better Shelter

A home away from home

The sense and need of home is universal, regardless of how that home appears. We develop and provide Better Shelters to let displaced families establish a temporary home away from home. The purpose of the Better Shelter is to meet the basic needs for the activities of daily living, and the need for familiarity and security. A home that may represent a safe base, that provides a sense of identity and dignity.

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  • Better Shelter
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