Name: Muhamad Amad
Job title: Chair of the National Humanitarian Network (NHN)
Amad, please describe how pooled funds fits into your role as the Chair of NHN?
PHPF is an example of localization translated into action. One of the primary responsibilities of the NHN Chair is to collaborate, facilitate and project PHPF successes among the stakeholders, including donors and pitch the case of Pakistan from this forum.
Why would you say pooled funds are important to Pakistan?
What does a typical day for you look like?
A typical day for me starts arriving at office around 8:30 am to check and respond to my emails before I leave for the field to oversee activities. My major concern is with visiting the construction sites in order to make sure that all compliance standards are met. I meet with local elders of the community to ensure that they are aware and involved in the local decision making. While returning from field sites, I often visit local line departments for bilateral meetings, and keep myself up to date with the concerns.
The Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) in the north-western area of Pakistan continues to experience protracted problems since clashes between militants and security forces created waves of migration and return movements to and from the region.
$82M funds allocated between 2010 and 2017
93% funds allocated to NGOs
97% funds contributed significantly to gender eqality
45% contributed to Emergency Shelter/NFIs (23%) and WASH (22%) Clusters
375 project implemented
ISLAMABAD (19 November, 2016): Upon conclusion of a two-day visit to North Waziristan Agency, Neil Buhne United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan said he was impressed by progress made in returning people earlier displaced from their homes, and by the extensive rehabilitation and reconstruction work undertaken by civilian and military authorities. But he was humbled by the work that remained to be done for the hundreds of thousands of people to return to a normal life.
Pakistan has faced a fragile security situation in the north-west region of the country since 2007, which triggered massive displacement from conflict affected areas. Following security operations, the government announced a phased return plan for all IDPs. Since March 2015, 187,678 families have been successfully facilitated to return to FATA, whilst 116,113 families still remain in displacement.
From 14 to 16 April 2016, a mission including the Humanitarian Coordinator and OCHA Head of Office (o.i.c) conducted a two-day visit to Kurram Agency. The team visited New Durrani camp, recently denotified areas of Central Kurram and villages where returns took place two years ago to gain a better understanding of the immediate humanitarian needs of returned IDPs.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
An Inter-Cluster Assessment Mission was conducted to Orakzai Agency from 8 to 13 April 2016 to assess the situation in a sample of recently denotified villages. An estimated 15,000 IDP families from Aa Khel, Mulla Khel, Chapri Feroz Khel, Mishti Hindara and Mishti Gawak tribes are expected to return to these areas starting 20 April 2016. Approximately 2,800 families will return in the first phase through the Jerma embarkation point in Kohat.
In 2015, PHPF received a total contribution of US$8.8 million from SIDA ($5.7 million) and DFID ($3 million). This represented a significant increase from $4.9 million in 2014. In addition, $1.4 million in funding was rolled over from 2014 to 2015.
Most remaining IDPs are expected to return to FATA in 2016.
With over 1.5 million remain- ing registered Afghan refu- gees, Pakistan constitutes the world’s largest protracted refugee situation.
Female-headed households have more dif culty access- ing assistance due to a lack of documentation and cultural restrictions.
Displacement and natural disasters compound already high rates of food insecurity in Pakistan.
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Ladha, Sararogha,
Sarwakai, and Tiarza Tehsils South Waziristan Agency (SWA) from 10 to 13 February 2016. The mission visited eight recently de-notified villages. The Government plans to facilitate the return of some 30,000 IDPs to these areas.
Key findings and recommendations
Returns have been halted since 18 February. It is expected that all returns will resume in mid-April. There are 151 newly denotified villages in Kurram Agency and up to 14,000 families will return to those areas. New Durrani camp will likely close following these returns. Pre-registration for return to South Waziristan Agency (SWA) has started for 30,000 families. The Government has informed that all of Orakzai Agency will be denotified shortly allowing the return of over 15,000 families. In addition over 49,000 non-registered families have returned in the past year.
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Mir Ali Tehsil in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) from 26–29 January 2016. The mission covered a sample of six out of the ten villages that were recently de-notified by authorities. The Government has planned to facilitate the return of some 5,000 to 7,000 families to these areas.
• An estimated 10 per cent of private houses were damaged due conflict and 1.5 years of weather damage.