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Continued support for vulnerable populations by bridging emergency response, rehabilitation and development

ACTED in Pakistan provided support to families affected by natural disasters and displacement due to the complex emergency in the North. While rapid response was required in cases of specific shocks such as monsoon floods and the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, ACTED has also been supporting vulnerable communities with integrated water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter and livelihood assistance, as their needs shifted from emergency to recovery, and sustainable development.

In 2016, Pakistan witnessed the devastating effects of monsoon floods, earthquakes, cyclones and drought coupled with the devastation still felt from the 2015 flash floods and earthquake. These natural disasters displaced many and led to large-scale loss of crops, contamination of water sources and destruction of homes. This situation was compounded by the continued displacement of people affected by the complex emergency in the North. While 2016 was dubbed “the year of returns”, many families remained in displacement, requiring continued assistance. ACTED supports them through the provision of short-term employment opportunities such as cash-for-work and conditional cash grants, shelter and water, hygiene and sanitation assistance.

Essential shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene rehabilitation

ACTED has been supporting families whose homes had been damaged or destroyed by natural hazards, through the provision of emergency shelter kits, along with training to enable families to rebuild in a better and safer way. Additionally, ACTED has been facilitating the rehabilitation of water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure including wells and hand pumps and has been conducting awareness raising on hygiene best practices. Communities have also been engaged in cash-generating rehabilitation activities such as the clearing of roads which had been blocked by mud slides and fallen rocks. Resilience is at the heart of ACTED’s approach and, in order to reduce the impact of future disasters, disaster risk reduction is mainstreamed in all its interventions.

Promoting sustainable livelihoods and strengthening resilience

In 2016, ACTED began the roll out of its “Empowering Change” Resilience Model project in consortium with Concern Worldwide, Welthungerhilfe and International Rescue Committee. The project contributes to building resilience in Pakistan by strengthening community capacity, by training community disaster management committees and emergency response teams, as well as promoting the protection of livelihoods assets and diversification of livelihoods. ACTED continues to support sustainable livelihoods and increase household and community resilience with a pilot project being implemented in Punjab and aimed at demonstrating a replicable model for empowering women through vocational training in solar technology, thus building on ACTED’s long-term expertise in technical vocational education and training in Pakistan.

Partners in 2016 :

Concern Worldwide, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), EuropeAid, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Organization For Migration (IOM), International Refugee Council (IRC), Mannheim University, Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), PATH, U.S. United Postal Services, United Nations Human Settlements Programme - UN-Habitat, World Food Programme (WFP)

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