"Along with 18 other students, I was supported by PRP with an honorarium to conduct disaster management research. Without this support, research in some of the most remote areas of Pakistan would not have been possible as traveling and working in remote areas requires extensive inputs and time.
Academic research plays a vital role in development of a country. This is equally true for disaster management. Research brings new dimensions and learnings which helps to improve the established systems of governance. National Humanitarian Network (NHN) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) under APP has started a unique initiate of supporting university students in their research on DRR related subjects.
The Humanitarian Resilience Journal is a biannual magazine published with the support of Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) under the umbrella of Pakistan Resilience Partnership (PRP). This initiative has been undertaken to bring forward different perspectives on the general
humanitarian landscape of Pakistan. Each issue of the journal is dedicated to a specific topic of national importance. The contributions to this magazine are purely on volunteer basis.
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched the program in 2016 on 'Strengthening Capacity of Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and the Private Sector on Preparedness for Emergency Response' in six Asian countries: Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
The purpose of the National Disaster Response Plan is to enhance the country's ability to manage disasters using a comprehensive national approach. It outlines the processes and mechanisms to facilitate a coordinated response by the national and/or provincial/local-level departments/agencies. To achieve this, the Plan has been revised since its inception in 2010 to incorporate all disaster management activities as well as consider global trends disaster response alongside Pakistan's commitments.
Brig. Mukhtar Ahmed, Member (Operations), NDMA; Lt. Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA; Engineer Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs; Sisira Madurapperuma, Director ADPC; Sajid Naeem, Program Manager, ADPC, pose with the new NDRP-2019
The Host Nation Support Guidelines were developed in collaboration between NDMA and a project team of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, with the support of the Australian High Commission, Islamabad. The Guidelines for Pakistan focuses on information and actions to reduce response time in large-scale disasters that may require foreign assistance should local capacity be overwhelmed.
The Guidelines are divided into eleven sections and annexes to provide guidance for all groups of stakeholders relevant to their role and the operating environment.
The Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC) comprised of IoM, FAO, UNICEF, ACTED and HANDS conducted Sindh Drought Needs Assessment (SDNA) in eight districts of Sindh, namely, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, Thatta, Badin, Jamshoro, Dadu and Kambar Shahdadkot. The World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO) also provided technical support for the assessment.
Building on the ideas stimulated by the positive reception of its first issue, the National Humanitarian Network (NHN) in Pakistan presents the next issue of its humanitarian journal to continue capturing national perspectives in preparedness and response.
The National Humanitarian Network (NHN) in Pakistan presents the first issue of humanitarian journal to capture perspectives in preparedness for response. Focusing on the theme of governance in preparedness, the bi-annual ‘Humanitarian Resilience Journal’ covers many issues including Pakistan's legal readiness, the role of networks, and donors in disaster preparedness.