Islamabad: Pakistan has seen many disasters in the recent years. The 2005 Earthquake was one of the major disasters in the recent times. The 2010 floods and the 2011 inundation of the Southern Pakistan are two other major disasters that require a massive relief, recovery, and rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
During the present floods, statistics show that women and children are the most vulnerable group in any disaster as 2.8 million women and 3.5 million children are affected, whereas women and children in relief camps are 141,000 and 215,000 respectively.
In this situation the involvement of global humanitarian community becomes imperative. The international donors and development agencies as well as the international NGOs become a part of the disaster management cohort.
Since these organizations do not have their footprint on the ground locally and are not aware of the local requirements therefore they enter into partnership with local NGOs and Local Support Organizations (LSOs) to channel their assistance to the affected people. On many occasions the national machinery also enters into these partnerships to extend their outreach to the beneficiaries.
In order to capacitate the local organizations to prepare proposals for funding, a training session was carried out by Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with UN Women on 18th October, 2011 at Karachi.
The training aimed to help the local organizations to understand the financial requirements as well as programmatic requirements of funding partners and to bridge the gap between the local organizations and funding partners in terms of reporting and management.
Chairman NDMA Mr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir chaired the event. The GCC of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) aims at integrating gender equality and building the capacity of the NDMA to institutionally mainstream the gender perspective in management of various phases of the disaster management.
A team of experts led by Advisor Gender and Child Cell and Advisor UN OCHA facilitated the session. Chairperson national commission on status of woman Ms. Anis Haroon was also present.
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