Pakistan ERF Update Issue 03, July - September 2012

ERF allocates funds to meet critical IDP needs

Eight projects seek to meet the needs of 118,008 displaced people

The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in Pakistan allocated US$1.4 million in September to bridge humanitarian gaps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where more than 742,000 people remain displaced.

With the endorsement of its Advisory Board, the ERF drew down its reserve fund of $800,000 and over $800,000 contributed by Norway to provide funds to meet the most critical food, health, water, sanitation and hygiene needs of the internally displaced people (IDPs).

Over the past two years, the ERF has allocated $37.4 million for the implementation of 144 projects that have benefitted more than 4.5 million people affected by floods and insecurity in Pakistan. Most of the funds have been disbursed to local NGOs.

UK pledges $4.7 million, more funds required for humanitarian activities

The UK has pledged GBP 3 million ($4.7 million) to enable the ERF to support humanitarian partners to meet emergency needs.

However, funding constraints persist amid huge humanitarian needs of people affected by emergencies in the country. In KP and FATA, agencies require at least $95 million to continue providing critical services until December 2012.

Agencies also require funds to meet the needs of the people most affected by flooding in 2012 in Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces. More than 4.7 million people across the country have been affected by flooding this year, according to the Government. The ERF Secretariat is working with clusters to determine how to best use the funds pledged by the UK to respond to the most critical humanitarian needs.

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