Pakistan Development Operational Report Quarter 1 & 2 2013 (MAAPK002)

Originally published


1. Executive Summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been represented in Pakistan since the early 1970s. Its mission is “To promote and implement the spirit of the IFRC’s Strategy 2020 and the Movement’s Fundamental Principles by providing coordination, support and services to the Movement partners incountry, the IFRC membership, and other stakeholders in providing support to Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) to realize its vision and mission”. The support to the PRCS is directed by the five-year Strategic Plan (2011-2015) of the National Society; and guided by the IFRC Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 for Pakistan.

Development Operational Report Quarter 1 and 2 2013 Pakistan Country OfficeRelief activity response to the 2011 and 2012 floods, as well as the 2010 floods Integrated Recovery Programme (IRP), have dominated IFRC support to the PRCS in the past two years. The first half of 2013 has largely focused on the closure of IRP activities and evaluation of the programmes with the appeal closure at the end of July. The Development Operational Plan (DOP) for 2013 therefore focuses on continued capacity building support to the PRCS, building upon the experiences and skills gained over the last few years, assisting to scale up the community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) activities, and in supporting the PRCS in its quest for greater self-sustainability.

The DOP 2013 in the period January - June had three key components:

Disaster Management (DM)
DM includes two tiers. The first being support to PRCS preparedness and development of operational capacities in disaster management and response within the country. Support through the DOP 2013 focused on standard operating procedures (SOP) and handbooks finalization, trainings, updating of contingency plans, installation of communication systems, maintenance of emergency water units, and the support to DP warehousing. The DOP 2013 also included support to continued development of new initiatives implemented under MDRPK006 such as livelihoods, cash grants and emergency shelter per outcomes of the PRCS Strategic Review Meeting held in October 2012.

The other tier focuses on supporting the PRCS in building the resilience of targeted communities, through an integrated community based risk reduction (ICBRR) programme. The approach aims at homogeneously integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) methods, community based first aid and hygiene promotion (CBHFA), identifying and supporting priority community initiatives such as through micro-mitigation and livelihood projects.

In addition, branch development (BD) support to PRCS district offices forms an integral part of the programme, strengthening through capacity development trainings and organization support, as well as strengthening the youth and volunteer base of the branches and their resource mobilization capacity.

Health and Care In addition to CBHFA, IFRC support to PRCS through the DOP in 2013 in health and care activities includes polio prevention, HIV/AIDS, health in emergencies, non-remunerated blood donations and psychosocial support.

Additionally 10 basic health units (BHU) will be supported, providing an integrated package of health care services aimed at contributing to the reduction of the mortality, morbidity, injuries and psychological impacts from diseases, disasters and public health emergencies.

Organisational Development (OD)
OD support to the PRCS aims at developing a well-functioning organization to execute and implement its mission and vision. It includes technical and financial support in the fields of youth and volunteer development, improving the legal base of PRCS, leadership and governance support, finance management, planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) systems, resource mobilization, logistics capacity development, re/construction of facilities, as well as branch development support.

As a consequence of PRCS’s engagement in multiple natural disaster response operations over recent years, IFRC has provided significant support to PRCS. With the closure of the 2010 monsoon flash flood (MDRPK006) appeal in mid-2013, IFRC has started to gradually scale down its offices in Islamabad and the field as part of the exit strategy, right-sizing to provide continued support under the Long-Term Planning Framework (LTPF) and DOPs. The IFRC Pakistan country office will maintain a basic support structure from 2013 onwards to ensure accountability and transparency of the work with and by PRCS, and to provide technical support. The IFRC country office support under the DOP 2013 also includes humanitarian diplomacy (HD) advocacy, in addition to obligations to coordinate the activities of the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement Partners. Security support services in support of the safety of staff and operational movements will continue, continually assessing the environment in response to the often fluid and volatile security situation in Pakistan.