Better Shelter, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR form a partnership.
While we prototype, UNHCR contacts the Ikea Foundation as they want to develop a new shelter solution. Ikea Foundation has heard about the shelter project in Hällefors, which is making progress. The foundation realizes the potential of building a partnership with the two very different organizations: UNHCR – a UN agency with operations worldwide and decades of technical knowledge and experience in emergency shelter, and a small, dynamic Swedish design team which can act quickly and turn ideas into product solutions. They arrange a meeting, outline a plan and initiate the partnership project.