As part of baseline assessment, three Focus Group Discussions (FGD), to understand the overall humanitarian ecosystem and the perception of the stakeholders were conducted in Pakistan on 15, 20 and 22 September in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar respectively. The main objectives of these FGDs were:
· To understand the Emergency Response coordination mechanism in Pakistan;
· To understand the existing institutional humanitarian capacity for the emergency response;
· To determine the role of the humanitarian stakeholders in Pakistan;
· To identify needs to be addressed in order to strengthen the humanitarian institutional leadership system in Pakistan.
In order to get maximum information, all relevant stakeholders were invited and representatives from government, academia, private sector, media and selected INGOs and LNGOs participated in these FGDs.