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Education unlocks the potential of young minds, and helps new generations realise their dreams for the future. However, we are facing a global education crisis. Millions of children are out of school, or in school but not learning. We must put education at the top of the agenda.
This evaluation report covers the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) Islamabad supported “Reducing Vulnerability through Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province, Pakistan - Phase 3” project implemented by Action Against Hunger. The project was implemented in Charsadda, Nowshera, Lower Dir and Upper Dir districts. The project started on 1st October 2014 and ended on 31st December 2016. Of these 27 months, actual implementation period was only nine months due to access and associated challenges.
Press release | Published: 2016-10-06
'The refugee crisis and large-scale humanitarian crises arising from conflicts, wars and terrorism have meant that we have had to increase our focus on fragile states and regions. Conflicts, wars and terrorism have catastrophic consequences for those who are directly affected. They also create challenges for us and threaten our security,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Statistics show that women are disproportionately negatively affected by disasters. As an example, the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Asia, and over 70 percent of the victims were women. Women are often posed at risk when social and cultural norms limit their mobility – according to some studies, women are 14 times more likely to die during a disaster than men.
In 2010, Pakistan’s constitution made education a legal right, deeming it the state’s responsibility to provide free and compulsory education for children aged 5-16 years.i Article 25-A binds the state to bear the cost of education, and as such has financial implications for the government. The inclusion of the Right to Education in the constitution is an important signal of commitment to education by a democratically elected government. The challenge now is how to make this guarantee a reality.
Norway is increasing its annual support for efforts to eradicate polio from NOK 50 million to NOK 240 million for the next six years. The funding will be channelled through the GAVI Alliance.
‘I am very pleased that we have signed an agreement with the GAVI Alliance to support its efforts to eradicate polio. We have an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate this infectious and crippling disease, but a concerted effort is needed if we are to succeed,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Polio can be eradicated within the space of five to six years. Norway is to increase its level of support for efforts to eradicate polio by NOK 190 million, to NOK 240 million (USD 40 million).
“I am pleased to announce that the Norwegian Government is proceeding with plans to support the new polio eradication plan by providing an allocation of NOK 240 million in 2014. We intend to continue our strong support for this important initiative for a further five years,” Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås said.
Norway has provided an additional NOK 50 million to the fight against polio, which remains endemic in three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
“Our goal is to eradicate polio completely, in the same way as we have managed to eradicate other infectious diseases that particularly affect children. India has been free from polio for a year, which is a major breakthrough. Our goal is realistic, but considerable resources are needed if we are to reach it,” Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås said.
Floods in Pakistan are affecting almost five million people. Norway is to provide an additional NOK 20 million to the flood victims.
“Once again, the monsoon rains have led to millions of people being affected by floods in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan. Hundreds of thousands have lost everything they own and are in desperate need of emergency relief. Many of them are women and children. They are in an extremely vulnerable position and need extra protection,” Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås said.
Thousands of families and many children have been driven from their homes due to the military operations in northwest Pakistan. Norway is increasing its humanitarian aid to this area.
“We are increasing our support, which will be channelled through the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children Norway. These organisations are present on the ground and can provide emergency relief,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.
Norway will provide NOK 40 million to the flood victims in Pakistan. The situation is critical and the number of victims keeps rising. The country has been hit by extreme rainfall just one year after the worst flood in its history.
Unusually heavy monsoon rain in Pakistan has again caused floods in many of the same areas as last year.
The following overview shows how Norwegian funds will help flood victims in Pakistan.
1.8 million homes and 9 000 schools have been destroyed. 20 million people will return to their homes and seek to resume their lives. Shelter, health care services, food security, water and sanitation, and education are all critical sectors in the current phase.
"We are giving priority to supporting relief organisations that have long experience of humanitarian work and are familiar with conditions in the country.
Norway has decided to increase its assistance for the flood victims in Pakistan to USD 66 million. The situation is critical, and the number of victims keeps rising. The floods are the worst ever in the history of Pakistan.
The UN has issued an appeal for more assistance in response to the flood disaster in Pakistan. According to the UN, USD 2 billion will be needed during the first year following the disaster. About 20 million people are affected.
"The situation in Pakistan is critical for more than six million people who are in need of food and clean water," said State Secretary Ingrid Fiskaa.
The floods in Pakistan constitute a natural disaster of huge dimensions. They have rolled across the country like a series of earthquakes. So far, nearly 900 000 homes have been destroyed. The crops and livelihoods of millions of people have been washed away. The need for reconstruction is enormous.
"I urge everyone to support the NGOs' fundraising campaigns.
Norway is increasing its support for flood victims in Pakistan to NOK 100 million.
The flood disaster in Pakistan is an enormous humanitarian crisis. It has affected 14 million people, six million of whom are in need of emergency food assistance. So far, 288.000 homes have been washed away.
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre commented: «We are witnessing a natural disaster of enormous dimensions and tremendous human suffering. Several million people have lost their livelihoods.
Pakistan is experiencing its worst floods in 80 years. According to the UN, over a million people are affected by the flooding, and reports suggest that almost 1100 people have lost their lives. "Norway is providing NOK 30 million to support emergency relief efforts during this critical phase," Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.
Norway has already provided NOK 9 million through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
More than one million people in northwest Pakistan have fled their homes due to hostilities between the Pakistani Taliban and the Pakistani army. The need for humanitarian assistance is huge, and Norway is therefore increasing its support to Pakistan to NOK 83 million.
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre commented: "The situation in Pakistan is one of the most serious challenges facing the international community today. The Pakistani authorities are engaged in extensive operations to regain control of their territory.
Tokyo, 17 April 2009
1. Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting
Let me express my appreciation to Japan for hosting this event and to the Government of Pakistan for inviting Norway to this ministerial meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan here in Tokyo. Norway welcomes this opportunity to flag its longstanding and continuing engagement and cooperation with Pakistan.
The challenges faced by Pakistan today are multifaceted and complex.
This annual report describes bilateral development cooperation between Norway and 30 of the countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East that received the most assistance in 2007. Norwegian development assistance totalled NOK 21.8 billion in 2007. Of this amount, bilateral assistance (including multi-bilateral assistance) accounted for NOK 15.7 billion.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is allocating USD 2.5 million to relief efforts following the disastrous flooding in Pakistan. At least 340 people have died in the floods, and 2.5 million have been affected.
The floods have driven more than 300 000 people from their homes and caused extensive material damage in several provinces, particularly Balochistan and Sindh.
The most severe damage has been to infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and power lines.