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05 Feb 2018 description

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?

05 Feb 2018 description

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.

05 Feb 2018 description

In May 2017 UNFPA with the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) began supporting the FATA Health Department and its field units in Kurram Agency, helping two overburdened health facilities in Sadda and Alizai lower Kurram to provide female health workers with reproductive health supplies, safe delivery kits and new-born baby kits.

05 Feb 2018 description

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.

15 Dec 2017 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) previously known as Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in the country at the onset of an emergency.
The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

10 Nov 2017 description

Local Stories of Change

Empowering communities to help themselves

In May 2017 UNFPA with the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) began supporting the FATA Health Department and its field units in Kurram Agency, helping two overburdened health facilities in Sadda and Alizai lower Kurram to provide female health workers with reproductive health supplies, safe delivery kits and new-born baby kits.

19 Jul 2017 description

PHPF Launches Standard Allocation for 2017

The Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) launched its standard allocation in April 2017. The fund is OCHA’s mechanism for providing life-saving and timecritical interventions – in this case to support the return process in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It totals US$7 million: $2.5 million from DFID and $4.48 million from SIDA. The following sectors are now prioritized: nutrition, health, emergency shelter, WASH and education.

29 May 2017 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in country at the onset of an emergency.

The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

15 Feb 2017 description

PHPF Reserve Allocation to Support

Return Intention Survey & Information campaigns

23 Nov 2016 description

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.

03 Nov 2016 description

PHPF allocates US$7.4 million for FATA returns

Under the first standard allocation in 2016, the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) dispersed US$6 million for critical life-saving interventions to support return process in Kurram and Orakzai Agency. Some 323,853 returnees will receive assistance in shelter, health, education, WASH, protection and nutrition through 33 projects. Twenty one of these projects have already started. Approximately US$1.4 million is kept in reserve for an immediate respond to unforeseen emergencies.

02 Sep 2016 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in country at the onset of an emergency.

The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

16 Apr 2016 description

(Islamabad, 16 April 2016): The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne concluded his two-day visit to Kurram Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas on Saturday, 16 April, 2016, accompanied by the acting Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Pakistan, Dr. Alexandra de Sousa.

19 Feb 2016 description

Mr. Neil Buhne, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, and humanitarian donors representing Canada and Sweden respectively, visited return areas in Bara, Khyber Agency, on 18 February, 2016. The objective of the visit was to observe the delivery of humanitarian assistance to returnees and meet officials and implementing partners of the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) in order to identify any gaps in assistance which can be bridged with donor support.

18 Feb 2016 description

PHPF allocates US$ 5 million to support returns

With support from the Department for International Development (DFID) and Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA), Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) has allocated US$5 million to support families returning to South Waziristan and Orakzai Agency during the month of November 2015. Some 288,703 returnees will receive assistance in terms of shelter, health, education and livelihood support through15 projects.

03 Feb 2016 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in-country at the onset of an emergency.

The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

29 Oct 2015 description

(Islamabad, 29 October 2015): The United Nations team in Pakistan offers our deepest sympathies to all those that have been affected by the Badakshan earthquake. This event is made more poignant occurring so soon after the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Kashmir earthquake, which claimed ten of thousands of lives in 2005. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said his thoughts and those of the international community are with the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan, as are those of the humanitarian community; both within Pakistan and around the world.

12 Oct 2015 description

Pakistan remains among the most disaster-prone countries, with a history of humanitarian emergencies caused by floods, drought, cyclones, earthquakes, crises and insecurity.

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in-country at the onset of an emergency, as an adjunct to other funding streams.

PHPFs allow Humanitarian Country Teams—who are best informed of the situation on the ground—to swiftly allocate resources where they are most needed.

09 Oct 2015 description

(Islamabad/New York, 8 October 2015): The Director of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Mr. John Ging, concluded his two-day visit to Pakistan, accompanied by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (designate) for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, and the Head of OCHA Pakistan Mr. George Khoury.

08 Jul 2015 description

Key Facts

  • As of 29 May 2015, humanitarian partners have completed 274 projects; 10 projects are ongoing.

  • Since August 2010, more than US$56 million have been allocated for humanitarian projects, assisting more than 5.6 million people.  More than 97 per cent of funds were allocated to NGOs with 56 per cent going to national NGOs. ERF is the key humanitarian funding window for many Pakistani NGOs.