Pakistan

DFID Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme (MYHP) Pillar 1 Quarterly Newsletter (July 2017)

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The Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC) comprising IOM, FAO, UNICEF, ACTED and HANDS works across the country implementing preparedness, response and recovery interventions. Through multi-sector activities, the NDC works towards building communities’ resilience to future shocks by enhancing household skills, spearheading community initiatives and empowering beneficiaries to recover in a sustainable manner.

In advance of monsoon season in 2017, the NDC has been supporting a range of Preparedness activities including:

  • The NDC has pre-positioned stocks for potential response to events in 2017, including Shelter and NFI stocks for approximately 4,500 families in KP and Sindh as well as WASH stocks for emergency response for 9,000 families.

  • Conducted seven Multi-sector Preparedness (MSP) and Camp Coordination and Management (CCCM) and four Fraud Awareness and Preventions (FAP) trainings for local NGO staff and government stakeholders in districts Tharparkar, Jacobabad, Thatta, Badin, Kashmore, Peshawar, Chitral, Gilgit and Lahore. In coordination with the National Institute for Disaster Management (NIDM) and Rescue 1122, the NDC trained 282 individuals (219 male and 63 female).

  • The NDC coordinated with the Federal Water Management Cell of the National Food Security and Research Ministry for input on the water research study in Chitral, which aims to create an inventory of local irrigation channels in the area.

  • Completed data collection for the Rapid Agri-business Assessment (RAA) in Badin and Chitral to assess the scope and potential of various agri-business commodities. The findings will feed into the creation of respective value chains.

  • Continued monitoring of conservation agriculture and adaptive demonstration plots for crops, vegetables and fodder. In 2017, the NDC established 66 demonstrations in Chitral and Badin. These conservation agriculture and adaptive demonstration plots aim at resource-saving agricultural production while concurrently conserving the environment.

Since 2015, the NDC has been implementing multi-sector recovery and rehabilitation projects in KPK (Chitral, Lower Dir, Shangla), Punjab (Muzzafargarh, Jhang, Layyah) and Sindh (Kashmore, Badin, Thatta). Key achievements, as of July 2017, include:

  • 56,882 individuals were supported to construct disaster risk resilient shelters vis-à-vis administration of DRR trainings to local masons, beneficiaries, and community focal persons, and provision of conditional cash grants and shelter repair kits. Performance-based cash grants are provided to incentivize beneficiaries to ensure expedited construction and encourages active involvement during construction, and NDC members ensure utilization of vernacular building methods using locally available materials.

  • Access to clean drinking water was restored for 1,37,431 individuals through repair and installation of community-hand pumps, dug-wells and water pipes including over 80,000 individuals covered through reconstruction of the Aranghoon water supply scheme in Chitral.

  • 1,28,609 individuals in rural communities were trained and oriented on critical hygiene and sanitation practices. Where possible, communities are also being supported to construct latrines using individual cash grants, community-led rewards schemes, and so on.

  • 89,771 individuals were supported in restoration of their food security and livelihoods, through provision of customized agricultur-al packages including seasonal seeds and high-yielding fertilizers, kitchen gardening support, engagement of daily labourers in Cash for Work (CFW) programming, establishment of intercropped agricultural plots and so on.