Humanitarian interventions, Long-term impact
For ACTED’s teams in Pakistan, the past three years have seen considerable growth and achievements, with three large-scale humanitarian responses implemented concurrently. From the beginning of the IDP crisis in Malakand Division in 2009 up to the transition to early recovery for flood-affected populations of southern Sindh in January 2012, ACTED teams have provided a total of 8,200,000 vulnerable, disaster-affected families with assistance to meet their water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, food security, agriculture, education and community infrastructure needs. Our strong local field teams and our technical expertise at country level enabled us to respond to the scale of the IDP crisis as well as of the 2010 and 2011 monsoon floods and expand activities throughout the country, reaching out to affected communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Punjab and Sindh provinces.
This period has provided our teams in the field with countless opportunities for learning and innovation, which has allowed us to continually improve the quality, impact and relevance of our programmes. We have been able to build strong links with partner agencies working in similar sectors, notably through the development and strengthening of the Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (PEFSA) and the Alliance2015 in Pakistan. These consortiums have helped promote the sharing of lessons learnt and best practices, drawing upon the respective expertise of different partners. ACTED has also built on its long-standing interactions with target communities and government departments at the national, provincial and district level in order to gain a better understanding of the longer-term, systemic challenges facing local populations. This has allowed us to include innovative elements and activities in our relief and recovery interventions, tackling issues such as women’s economic marginalization in traditional rural communities, the need for community-based participatory decision-making processes and the poor nutritional status of wage labourers in parts of Sindh. We have also been working hard to enhance the resilience of target disaster-prone communities through the systematic mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) approaches in our programmes.
Despite efforts to promote their recovery, many flood-affected families in southern Sindh still live alongside inundated and destroyed villages. Continued fighting in FATA has also led to new major displacements into the Peshawar Valley and other parts of KPK. ACTED is committed to continue supporting these communities’ efforts to rebuild their lives, and will remain prepared to respond to the needs of disaster-affected populations throughout the country. Simultaneously as target populations begin to recover from the natural and man-made disasters of recent years, ACTED is building on its global expertise, local experience and knowledge to address their long-term, systemic needs. ACTED now aims to provide vulnerable or marginalized communities in Pakistan with integrated solutions that will bridge the gap between recovery and long-term sustainable development. Our teams now look forward to continue deploying their energy in order to rise up to future humanitarian and development challenges in Pakistan!