ERF scales up support to vulnerable people
Donors’ contributions to the Fund in 2013 increased by 77 per cent
The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in Pakistan has enhanced its support to people in need of humanitarian assistance across Pakistan, thanks to a 77 per cent increase in donor contributions in 2013.
In 2013, the Fund allocated $13.2 million to 78 projects targeting 4 million people in need after receiving $10 million from Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom in 2013 with a carry-over of approximately $5.8 million from 2012.
108,273 people (19,095 families) returned to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), including the first phase of returns to the Tirah Valley, which saw the return of nearly 31,000 registered IDPs (6,187 families) of the 80,000 displaced earlier in 2013. Nearly 1 million people (161,072 registered families) remain displaced across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA as a result of ongoing insecurity.
Capacity-building workshops to enhance emergency preparedness and response among first responders in disaster-prone districts commenced on 9 December.
Pakistan remained vulnerable to emergencies in 2013, with significant humanitarian needs caused by recurrent floods, earthquakes and insecurity.
Humanitarian partners continued to provide consistent support to those displaced by insecurity and localized assistance to bridge gaps in aid to those affected by natural disasters.
History of the ERF in Pakistan:
Pakistan remains among the most disaster-prone countries, with a history of humanitarian emergencies caused by floods, drought, cyclones, earthquakes and conflict.
With the onset of winter, recent returnees to FATA and those affected by the earthquakes in Balochistan are among an estimated 1.2 million people living in vulnerable circumstances and in need of urgent winter support.
Thousands of vulnerable people’s access to critical assistance in KP and FATA continues to be constrained by delays in the processing of permits required for humanitarian activities.