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NHN and ADPC jointly, in collaboration with NDMA, are implementing the program “Strengthening Capacity of Government and Local Humanitarian Organizations on Preparedness for Response in Asia” with an aim of improving the preparedness to response from disaster by strengthening the interface between the government and local humanitarian organizations and enhancing capacity through partnerships, knowledge resources, training and networking opportunities. 

The workshop was conducted to assess the capacity and challenges in emergency response systems and mechanisms, and the level of inter-agency coordination between National, Sub-National, and Local Humanitarian Organizations in Pakistan. 

Ms. Sana Zulfiqar, National Humanitarian Coordinator, NHN, Presenting during the inception workshop

The workshop agenda included, brief by NHN, program brief through ADPC presentation, presentation by Program Manager on program brief/methodology of assessment, remarks by Chairperson NHN and closing remarks by the chief guest. Due to last minute official commitment of Chairman NDMA, Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed, Member (Operations)/program focal point, NDMA graced the occasion as chief guest.  

Stakeholder attentively listening during the inception workshop in Islamabad

55 stakeholders from Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations, INGOs, UN agencies, academia, private sector, and the media participated in the workshop

The program is a part of the larger Asian Preparedness Partnership of Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka that aims to build emergency response and preparedness capacity and to strengthen resilience through partnerships, knowledge resources, training, and networking opportunities.