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Shelter Projects 2011-2012

The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.

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DEC Annual Report and Accounts 2012–13

This year the DEC has launched an extremely important appeal for Syria, and continued its work in three major responses: East Africa, Pakistan and Haiti, each of which was amongst our very largest appeals.

In East Africa, where a lethal combination of drought, conflict and environmental failure caused the first famine of the 21st century, DEC funded work has reached over 2.3m people. The huge humanitarian effort in the region has been broadly successful but the crisis has highlighted serious issues with the world’s ability to respond to very clear early warnings of disaster.

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Investing in Listening: International Organization for Migration’s Experience with Humanitarian Feedback Mechanisms in Sindh Province, Pakistan

This case study is part of an initiative to produce evidence-informed guidance for operational agencies on strengthening the effectiveness of feedback mechanisms for affected populations in humanitarian contexts.

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Humanitarian feedback mechanisms: research, evidence and guidance

The research looks at what makes humanitarian actions work effectively and focuses on bringing different perspectives from those of crisis-affected people into the conversation.

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Tip Sheet - Gender-Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

Women are essential players for effective risk assessment, early warning, and strengthening of disaster resilience. This tip sheet offers guidelines for gender mainstreaming in disaster risk and recovery efforts.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Pakistan Issue 23 | 16 January – 15 February 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reports indicate that nearly all the 22,000 people who fled their villages in North Waziristan in January fearing security operations have returned home.

  • Health authorities have confirmed 11 new polio cases in north- western Pakistan this year. Partners are concerned that displacements from North Waziristan could result in the spread of the poliovirus to neighbouring districts.

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Building Back Stronger

New book documents disaster-resilient shelter programme for flood-hit families in Pakistan

Pakistan - IOM Pakistan’s One Room Shelter (ORS) initiative, which has helped communities to rebuild over 22,000 disaster-resilient shelters in the aftermath of repeated floods, has been documented in a new book: Building Back Stronger.

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Oxfam says that more needs to be done to help prepare people for disasters, as it marks its fortieth year of working in Pakistan

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Oxfam is calling for more investment to go into preparing people for floods and other disasters in Pakistan as it marks its 40th year of working in the country this week.

Since 2010, floods have ravaged the country and areas such as Sindh and Punjab have been continually hit, meaning that the same vulnerable people are affected time and time again with the urgent need of food, clean water and shelter.

Country Director of Oxfam in Pakistan, Arif Jabbar Khan said:

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Indus Basin Floods: Mechanisms, Impacts, and Management

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More than 138 million people in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan depend on irrigated agriculture. But rising population pressures, climate change, and the continuous degradation of ecosystem services have resulted in increased flood risks, worsened by inadequate flood planning and management. The devastating 2010 flood alone caused damage of about $10 billion.

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Floods have halved Pakistan's economic growth - expert

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three years of repeated floods have inflicted serious damage on Pakistan’s economy, halving its potential economic growth, an expert says.

Read the full report on AlertNet.

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Pakistan's Punjab builds model villages to withstand disasters

Constructed with private-sector funds and technical expertise, the houses are designed to withstand earthquakes and extreme climate events, including floods.

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Pakistan floods: three years on

The floods that hit Pakistan in 2010 were the worst in the country’s history. You donated nearly £3 million to our Pakistan Floods appeal, helping us reach 400,000 people.

Help us respond to disasters as soon as they happen>>

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Restored health services benefit mothers and children in flood-affected Pakistan

By A. Sami Malik

After sustaining heavy damage in the 2010 floods, a clinic in rural Pakistan comes back stronger than before, providing needed care to mothers and children.

RAJANPUR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 9 August 2013 – Amna Bibi, 28, feels overwhelmed every time she looks at her newborn daughter, who is sound asleep in her arms. Malaika is only 10 days old. She is the youngest of Amna’s six children and the only one born under proper medical care. All her other children were born at home.

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Rain Timeline: The unexpected consequences of the predictable

Pakistan has faced heavy rainfall and flooding during the monsoon season for four consecutive years (2010 to 2013). The monsoon season in Pakistan (usually beginning from July) has always turned deadly due to the poor sewage system and infrastructure lining the country; leaving most people without shelter and at the mercy of mother nature.

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