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Pakistan: Have humanitarian interventions become more accountable and of better standard?

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAP) and Sphere International hosted by Church World Service Pakistan/ Afghanistan (CWS-P/A) organised a seminar on 'Quality and Accountability-from Earthquake to Floods. Have humanitarian interventions become more accountable and of better standard?" on October 30th, 2007 in Islamabad.

The objective of the seminar was to reflect on and evaluate the humanitarian interventions carried out in the wake of two large scale natural disasters in Pakistan- the earthquake of 2005

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Afghan Refugee in Iran and Pakistan as of end Oct 2007

Note: Place of origin of 176,092 individuals are unknown (data received from Iran)
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Afghan Refugee in Pakistan as of end Oct 2007

Note: Districts belong to Balkh province are not entered in NADRA db (Registration db) while a total of 2,471 individuals (416 families) have returned to Balkh province from 15 Apr - end Oct 2007
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Pakistan: NGOs suspend operations in quake-hit Battagram

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IRIN
ISLAMABAD, 31 October 2007 (IRIN) - NGOs working in Pakistan's quake-affected Battagram district have suspended operations after attacks on aid workers.

"We have suspended our operations. Our staff has been evacuated," Michael McGrath, country director of Save the Children US in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) told IRIN, noting that all 95 staff members - international and local - had been moved out of Battagram and the nearby town of Bana.

"Virtually everyone is now out," he said, referring to 15 other NGOs working in Battagram, many of whom

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Pakistan + 1 other
Afghanistan-Pakistan: UNHCR suspends Afghan repatriation effort

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IRIN
ISLAMABAD, 31 October 2007 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has temporarily suspended its voluntary Afghan repatriation programme from Pakistan for the winter.

"This is something we do every year before the weather turns. The programme will restart again in March next year," Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for UNHCR, said in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. The suspension takes effect on 31 October.

More than 3.2 million Afghans have returned to their homeland from Pakistan since the programme first began in March 2002 - one of the largest efforts of its kind for the agency.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Group of 77 calls for aggressive boosting of funding to help achieve shelter for all, as Second Committee continues debate on human settlements


GA/EF/3191

Sixty-second General Assembly
Second Committee
19th Meeting (PM)

Reports on Science and Technology for Development, Corrupt Practices Introduced

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Afghanistan + 38 others
OCHA Natural Disaster Bulletin No. 8

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones. Their poorest inhabitants were
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Pakistan: Earthquake victims get legal aid

Victims of the devastating Pakistan earthquake in 2005 are now getting help with resolving legal and administrative issues, thanks to a new project run by NRC, The Asian Development Bank and The Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority.

Two years after the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, many of those who lost their homes and livelihoods in the disaster are still struggling to rebuild their lives. For people affected by the earthquake, there remains a pressing need for resolution of legal and administrative issues such as entitlement to compensation packages,

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Pakistan: Response to cyclone Yemyin and floods - Jun/Jul 2007

Executive Summary

The changing weather pattern has given rise to frequent incidence of tropical cyclones along the coastal regions and flash floods in the mountainous north, northwest and southwest regions of Pakistan. In keeping with this trend, Cyclone Yemyin and ensuing floods occurred over vast tracts of south and central Baluchistan and adjoining regions of Sindh in late June and July in 2007. The disaster affected 2.5 million people in the two provinces, destroying habitats, social and physical infrastructure, Factors accentuating its scope are fragility of the communication

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An evaluation of the INEE Minimum Standards in Pakistan

Executive Summary

On October 8th, 2005, a severe earthquake hit northern Pakistan, killing 75,000 of its inhabitants and affecting 3.5 million people. Only a week before, the pilot trainings on the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction (INEE Minimum Standards) had taken place in Peshawar and Islamabad. Within days of the earthquake, a concerted effort to disseminate the INEE Minimum Standards had begun, which resulted in the distribution of hundreds of handbooks and the training

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Water supply schemes established in Pakistan

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Muslim Aid
The Muslim Aid office in Pakistan has established 10 water supply schemes in the North-West Frontier Province of Balakot, Mansehra.

Set up as part of the "Water for Life" project, the scheme will benefit 5000 villagers and 600 families, providing them with safe, clean drinking water.

The programmes cost approximately £28,000 and included 8 large water tanks and a number of small water storages established in various earthquake-affected villages.

One of the beneficiaries, Bibi Noor-un-Nisa said, "We used to walk up to 4 kilometres to collect drinking water but

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IASC Inter-agency real time evaluation of the Pakistan floods/Cyclone Yemyin

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Pakistan floods of 2007 devastated large swathes of rural Sindh and Balochistan Provinces in southern Pakistan, destroying homes, crops and roads, and causing the temporary displacement of over 2.5 million people. The Government of Pakistan (GoP), through its newly-created agency the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and with the help of the Army, launched a major relief operation, and the UN, with other members of the international humanitarian community and local NGOs, mobilised resources to help.

The decision was taken by the IASC Country

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Afghanistan + 4 others
USAID supports efforts to reduce violence against refugee and displaced women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded the American Refugee Committee (ARC), an international non-governmental organization, $1.5 million to conduct a three-year communication initiative, which will address gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices among conflict-affected communities in Liberia, Pakistan, and Rwanda. ARC will partner with Communication for Change (C4C), a non-profit training organization, to implement the Through our Eyes program.

The goal of Through our Eyes is to help

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Pakistan: USAID's education program success in earthquake-affected areas celebrated

Islamabad, October 25, 2007-- The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) and residents of the earthquake-affected areas of Mansehra and Bagh today celebrated the first year achievements of the United States Agency for International Development's RISE education sector program. The Revitalizing, Innovating and Strengthening Education (RISE) project works to rebuild and improve educational infrastructure and deliver high-quality education to children in the Mansehra and Bagh Districts.

"U.S. support for education is an

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Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 42, 25 Oct 2007

The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.

The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners. The WMMR is only a snapshot of the