Building a stronger and more resilient society in Pakistan
In Pakistan, natural and man-made disasters affect thousands of people every year. For 60% of the population, surviving on less than USD 2 per day and already facing chronic vulnerability, these disasters hit even harder. As a result, ACTED’s main goals in 2014 were to provide immediate relief and early recovery to households with the greatest humanitarian needs, following the onset of an emergency; and to strengthen the capacity of communities to manage and reduce risks, thus increasing their resilience. Concurrently, ACTED maintained its focus on strengthening inclusive income generation and sustainable livelihoods across Pakistan, to build a stronger society.
Addressing the underlying causes of the nutrition crisis in Sindh
In Sindh, ACTED worked for the fifth consecutive year as part of the Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance, to address the nutrition crisis. This year, ACTED was able to implement its strategic approach to addressing malnutrition for the first time – focusing on underlying causes through an integrated approach, which tackles WASH and livelihoods in partnership with direct nutrition treatment. As a result of this presence and experience in Sindh, in 2014, ACTED was also able to conduct much needed advocacy around drought, an issue which contributes severely to food insecurity, and can be fatal for the vulnerable communities of the Province.
Promoting education and supporting sustainable livelihoods across Pakistan
In line with ACTED’s strategic objectives and long-term priorities, 2014 saw the organization continue to invest heavily in supporting education and sustainable livelihoods in Pakistan. ACTED has worked to increase primary-level attendance and reduce school drop-out rates, whilst also providing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to youth across the country. Through this intervention, ACTED links marginalized youth with employers, trade unions, and microfinance institutions, strengthening capacities for income-generation. Crucially, in all of ACTED’s education and livelihoods programming in Pakistan, the inclusion and empowerment of marginalized women is always a primary focus.
ACTED continued to address the IDP crisis in Pakistan in 2014, providing emergency relief and early recovery assistance to thousands of Internally Displaced People, and responding to new population displacements fleeing conflict in North Waziristan and flooding in Punjab. In KP and FATA, ACTED employed an integrated approach, providing shelter, WASH and livelihood assistance to the most vulnerable households. ACTED has developed specific expertise in cash assistance, using a wide range of modalities, including online and mobile cash transfers, as well as voucher systems, to provide disaster-affected people with dignified assistance. Cash grants empower beneficiaries to manage their own assistance, tailoring the support they receive to meet their own particular needs.
Building an evidence base to support sustainable development and effective disaster resilience
At the start of 2015, ACTED Pakistan will establish a Research & Development Unit in order to contribute significantly to the development of an evidence-base, to support meaningful interventions in both the humanitarian and development spheres, and the implementation of innovative solutions in ACTED projects. In 2015, ACTED will also remain flexible to population flows, addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable households in displacement and in the case of IDP returns. Finally, ACTED will continue to support the building of a resilient Pakistan, both in terms of promoting education and livelihoods support, and in assisting communities to strengthen their capacities for disaster management.
Partners in 2014
Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI), DfID, EuropeAid, European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Welhungerhilfe (WHH).
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: