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.
Digital Resource Center (DRC), a multi-purpose web portal has been established by National Humanitarian Network (NHN) to provide access to information through humanitarian platform for increased coordination and collaboration in Pakistan. The resource center has been set-up to enable national government, local organizations, individuals and humanitarian community to retrieve and share reliable and authentic humanitarian information.
Pakistan’s efforts aimed at achieving fast growth, development and progress are increasingly being undermined by the impact of a variety of disasters, both natural and human induced. The private/industrial sector of Pakistan was no exception and was significantly affected by increased exposure to disaster risks. Since the business sector is the primary source of employment, job creator, purveyor of products and services and collectively constitutes the largest investors in society, business resilience is more and more crucial to build overall resilient communities and society.
Pakistan’s efforts aimed at achieving fast growth, development and progress are increasingly being undermined by the impact of a variety of disasters, both natural and human induced. The private/industrial sector of Pakistan was no exception and was significantly affected by increased exposure to disaster risks. Strong public-private partnerships and establishment of a platform to increase interface between government and private sector is imperative in igniting momentum for building business resilience.
Mr. Hans Guttman meets the Chairman of NDMA Pakistan, Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat
One of the foremost activities implemented under the program was to undertake Baseline Assessment studies to map out the current status of the humanitarian ecosystem for managing disasters at the institutional, organizational and operational levels. The assessment studies have been carried out in all program countries to assess capacities, systems, and inter-agency coordination mechanisms of key stakeholders- Governments, International NGOs, local humanitarian organisations, academic institutions and civil society organizations working in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
NHN and ADPC, jointly in collaboration with NDMA, are implementing the program 'Strengthening Capacity of Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and the Private Sector on Preparedness for Response in Pakistan' with an aim of improving the preparedness to response from disasters by strengthening the interface between the government and local humanitarian organizations and enhancing capacity through partnerships, knowledge resources, training and networking opportunities.
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;