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18 Aug 2016 description

The dialogue leading up to the WHS has cast a spotlight on humanitarian cash transfers. Significant global attention has centered on the role of cash transfers in bringing efficiency to the humanitarian system and improving outcomes for crisis-affected populations. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for cash-based programming to be the default method of support for affected populations1 , and various high-level panels2 have called for broad scale-up of cash transfers in humanitarian programming.

31 Aug 2015 description

Pre-Crisis Market Mapping and Analysis (PCMMA) is a relatively new approach to conducting market assessments prior to emergencies in order to anticipate how markets will respond after a shock occurs. The PCMMA in Pakistan was the first of three pilot PCMMA assessments that the IRC is conducting in 2015 in order to generate learning that can be used to refine the approach and the PCMMA guidance manual, while also providing information to humanitarian actors in Pakistan to feed into strategic and operational emergency planning efforts.

16 Feb 2012 description


The floods that began in August 2011 and swept across the province of Sindh and parts of neighbouring Balochistan resulted in one of the most destructive disasters that Pakistan has experienced. More than five million people have been affected: 1.8 million people were left homeless and more than 2.2 million acres of crops were lost, resulting in agricultural losses of nearly $2 billion.

27 Apr 2011 description

Text and Photos by Peter Biro

April 25, 2011 - The village of Zor Kaleh is nestled in a valley at an altitude of some 2,300 meters (7,500 feet) in Pakistan’s magnificent upper Swat valley. The snow-covered peaks of the Hindu Kush mountain range surround the village with its quaint wooden houses and vegetable gardens.

22 Mar 2011 description

After the flood

Launch Slideshow

More than six months on, the humanitarian crisis brought about by the worst flooding in Pakistan's history is far from over. The IRC is providing clean water and health care, and helping hard hit communities to rebuild vital infrastructure and kick start their local economies.

Posted by Kate Sands Adams on March 22nd, 2011

In 2010 my International Rescue Committee colleagues gave over 4.4 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

06 Dec 2010 description

No group was more affected by the devastating floods that swept through Pakistan this summer than farmers. The flooding washed away or ruined entire swaths of agricultural land and destroyed crops and stores of seeds needed for the coming planting season. Where once good arable land provided families with regular crops, vast areas have become barren, buried under sand and silt.

Now farmers are in a race against time to plough fields and plant seeds before the end of the winter planting season in December when it becomes too cold for crops to grow.

24 Nov 2010 description

Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, November 24, 2010 - In a village in northwestern Pakistan where hundreds of houses once stood, 20 local women have gathered in a small, undamaged room in the only house left standing by a raging flood.

A small mat spread on the dirt floor and a simple string bed are the room's only contents. Twenty people sleep here when it is not being used as a community meeting place.

The women are here to talk about what their lives have been like since the flood and their fears and hopes for the future. "It was dark . . .

11 Nov 2010 description

Three months after devastating floods tore through Pakistan, the country is still struggling to recover. So far a staggering 20 million people have been affected by the flooding, including over 8 million who have lost their homes. More than one million people remain in temporary camps in Sindh and Baluchistan provinces where large tracts of land are still under three to four feet of water.

Elsewhere, flood waters have receded and many people have managed to return to their villages.

08 Sep 2010 description

By Peter Biro

The massive scale of the flood disaster in Pakistan continues to grow.

04 May 2010 description


Hundreds of thousands of civilians who were displaced by fighting between the Pakistanni army and the Taliban last year in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province have returned to the region only to find their homes, water systems and roads in ruins.

The IRC is helping communities in the region rebuild and repair their water supplies, and distributing essential items like quilts, mattresses and kitchen sets to returning families.

21 Dec 2009 description

Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan 21 Dec 2009 - More than two months after the Pakistani military launched an offensive in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan, humanitarian aid organizations are only now gaining access to the estimated 430,000 people who have fled the fighting in the region.

10 Dec 2009 description

From November 25 to December 10, the International Rescue Committee is observing the "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence." Our colleagues in Pakistan shared this story from Punjab Province:

A Pakistani woman named Mukhtar Mai made news around the world in 2002 when she took a group of men to court after they raped her in what they called "honor revenge" against her family because of something Mai's brother had done.

13 Oct 2009 description

Islamabad and Peshawar, Pakistan 13 Oct 2009 - Over the last month world attention has focused on the hundreds of thousands of displaced people who have returned to their homes in Pakistan's conflict-ridden Swat Valley. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and other aid groups are helping these people rebuild their communities and lives.

16 Sep 2009 description

To date, some 7,000 displaced Pakistanis in the Jalozai camp near Peshawar have received IRC training in fuel-efficient cooking, which has helped families free up much-needed household income. The program has also helped protect women and children who normally spend a significant amount of time daily collecting firewood from the areas surrounding the camps, making them vulnerable to assault.

Under the pilot program, funded by the U.S.