Integrated assistance for safer homes and stronger communities
The year 2015 saw Pakistan coping with floods caused by torrential rains during the summer and a devastating earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hitting the Northern parts of the country. Additionally, Pakistan has been grappling with the issue of displaced people from its tribal region bordering Afghanistan due to law enforcement operations going on in the region since 2008. Against this backdrop of recurring natural and man-made disasters, ACTED’s goal in Pakistan in 2015 was to provide an integrated humanitarian approach. The goal was to respond to the basic needs of affected communities by scaling up direct life-saving interventions in the troubled areas.
In July 2015, glacial lake outburst floods in the mountainous Chitral district caused immense damage to life, property and infrastructure. During the same month, heavy monsoon rains led to the overflow of the Indus River in Sindh, affecting nearly 1.5 million individuals. On 26th October, a powerful earthquake struck Northern Pakistan, leading to the destruction of over 23,000 houses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas. ACTED mobilised its emergency response teams, calling upon the organization’s integrated model for multi-sectoral emergency response and ensured the provision of critical shelter equipment and Non-Food Items to nearly 8,000 families across the country.
Integrated Humanitarian and Recovery Approach for displaced people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (KP / FATA)
In 2015, Pakistan accounted for almost 50% of the entire South Asia region’s internally displaced people (IDP), with approximately 1.55 million persons displaced. Aimed at alleviating the impact of displacements in the region, ACTED successfully implemented multi-sectoral interventions, focussing on the provision of much needed shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and food security support through a variety of cash-based modalities. ACTED also undertook a detailed market assessment to identify viable, marketable and employable technical skills with dual-validity (during displacement and upon return to areas of origin) which could provide potential employment opportunities to IDPs within different formal and informal economies.
Conducting Research and Development Programmes
ACTED’s Research & Development (R&D) Unit in Pakistan has been a key window into development funding, focusing particularly on education, financial inclusion, renewable energies and emergency best-practices. The past year ACTED took on nearly half a dozen research projects focussed both on the humanitarian and development spheres. With the country having the third largest caseload (3.3 million) of acutely under-nourished children in the world, ACTED specifically focussed on two research studies designed as a response to the ongoing nutritional crises in North Sindh. These studies assessed the impact of shelter interventions and its interdependencies with WASH and FSL on the nutritional status of families. The R&D Unit also initiated a project to analyze the outcome of relief activities in the context of drought and nutrition emergency.
Moving from Vulnerability to Resilience
ACTED is strategically positioned to respond to any natural disasters in the upcoming year as well as to any developments pertaining to the complex emergency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas. 2016 will also mark the rollout of ACTED’s third multi-year project: over a five year period and through the ‘Empowering Change’ Resilience Model, the CAWI Consortium - comprising of Concern Worldwide, ACTED, Welthungerhilfe and International Rescue Committee (IRC) - will build resilience in Pakistan through protecting and strengthening community capacity. With a strong positioning in the emergency and humanitarian sphere, ACTED will endeavour to expand its longer-term development actions in the upcoming year.
Linking Solar Panel Technician Graduates to the Work Market
In 2015, ACTED’s successful Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project, implemented in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), came to a close. Through this intervention, ACTED linked marginalized youth with employers, trade unions, and microfinance institutions, strengthening capacities for income-generation. ACTED is particularly proud of the training provided to solar panel technicians and the development of an accredited solar panel curriculum and trainee manual in partnership with TUSDEC, which benefitted over 1,000 graduates across the target areas. To ensure market linkages and optimize job entry opportunities, ACTED also engaged in two public-private partnerships, and has linked its Sindhi graduates with two interested private solar companies.
Pakistan 2005-2014: ten years of assistance to the people of Pakistan
ACTED has been present in Pakistan since 1993, when it registered its first office in Peshawar. Since then, ACTED has become a leading relief and development aid provider in Pakistan, implementing a wide range of programmes focusing on: 1) disaster preparedness & emergency response; 2) shelter; 3) infrastructure rehabilitation & construction; 4) sustainable energy development, 5) livelihoods support, 6) agriculture development; 7) education & vocational training; 8) water, sanitation & hygiene. In addition, ACTED has been providing monitoring & evaluation and information management services to a wide range of stakeholders in Pakistan – in particular PDMA, ERRA and PMD - to contribute to improving humanitarian coordination and effectiveness.
Read the full report on ACTED's 10 years of activities in Pakistan here:
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Partners in 2015
DAI Europe Ltd, Department for International Development (DFID) – United Kingdom, European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mannheim University, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), PATH, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Parcel Service (UPS), World Food Programme (WFP)