Pakistan is located in the South Asia with India, Afghanistan and China as its neighbors. With a very complex multifaceted, with numerous challenges. Pakistan has been facing humanitarian crises for the past few decades. Pakistan experienced heavy monsoon rains, which caused flooding and slides in several parts of the country. The flooding impacted over a million people and caused significant damage to infrastructure, livelihood and crops. It is important to note that the impact of floods on vulnerable communities can be exacerbated by pre-existing humanitarian challenges such as poverty, displacement, and limited access to healthcare & education. Thus, addressing these underlying issues can help to build resilience & reduce the impact of future disasters.
In Pakistan, there has been a significant effort to promote localization in the humanitarian sector. The government of Pakistan and humanitarian organizations have recognized the importance of engaging with and supporting local actors and organizations to ensure that humanitarian aid is more effective and sustainable. Overall, while there is still progress to be made, there is a growing recognition of the importance of localization in the humanitarian sector in Pakistan, and efforts are underway to promote greater engagement with support for local actors and organizations.
Local Humanitarian Partners (LHPs)
Community Development Foundation (CDF) is a not for profit organization based at Jacobabad, Sindh which was formed in 2003 and registered in Sindh and has expanded its geographical outreach from one district to Nine to two provinces (Sindh and Baluchistan). CDF works on Education and literacy (Formal/non- formal and Vocational education, Community Empowerment (Right’s based approaches), Disaster Management (preparedness, Response, Early recovery and rehabilitation) Health, Nutrition, WASH and Food security. CDF is active member of many Humanitarian networks and Alliances CHS, Sphere, NEAR, Charter 4 Change, NHN, PHF, and GNDR.
Fast Rural Development Program (FRDP) – non-governmental and non-profit Organization-has been at the forefront of providing humanitarian assistance across Pakistan since 2007. It has successfully expanded its operations and impact beyond the city of Karachi to Kashmir. It is involved with integrated and sustainable development that primarily focuses on promoting Water & Sanitation, Health & Hygiene, Emergency Relief, Education, Poverty Alleviation, Human Rights, Peace Building, and Governance. FRDP has its well established and equipped Head Office in Hyderabad, Sindh Pakistan and Field Offices in district Tharparkar & Jacobabad, Sindh Pakistan.
Initiative for Development and Empowerment Axis (IDEA) is working in the humanitarian response since 2007. IDEA is present in all districts of KP & 4 districts Quetta, Magsi, killa Abdullah & killla saifullah in Baluchistan. The thematic areas: education, health, food security, livelihood, WASH, and women empowerment. The focus of the organization has been on relief, early recovery, & resettlement. IDEA supported PDMA KP, Baluchistan and Complex Emergency wing\ of NMD through developing Humanitarian Information Management System. IDEA is part of DRR forum of KP and heading National Humanitarian Network.
Rural Community Development Society (RCDS) is a registered Not for Profit Organization (NPO) established in 1995 and got registered in 1998 under Societies Registration Act 1860. RCDS has been certified by Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) and exempted from tax under section 2(36) from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Government of Pakistan. RCDS is member of different international and national forums/ networks/ alliances namely Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), Charter 4 Change, Global Network for CSOs for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), National Humanitarian Network (NHN).