UK and UNITAR launches innovative platform to cope with disasters

By; Asghar Ali Mubarak, February, 16, 2018

Australian delegation visits Pakistan to explore trade opportunities for pulsesIslamabad; Future support to Pakistani people needing humanitarian support will be improved, thanks to a new platform launched by the UK Government and the United Nations in Islamabad.

The Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) aims to improve the humanitarian response in Pakistan by improving knowledge management, capacity building, and third-party monitoring. It was launched by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The humanitarian response in Pakistan needs to be based on cleared evidence and best practices. There are over 5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Pakistan. This includes 2.9 million people in FATA, along with those expected to be affected by monsoon flooding.

PELP is a component of DFID’s Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme which will ensure continuity of learning for future disasters and conflicts.

Speaking at the Launch Head of DFID Pakistan Joanna Reid said that:

UK ,and, UNITAR, launches, innovative,platform, to, cope, with, disasters“We know that every year there will be floods and natural disasters in Pakistan, and we should be prepared to cope with the crisis and help save lives.

Development will be at its best when we’re all on the same platform. Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) will act as that forum for the humanitarian community to ensure timely humanitarian response based on what works best to help the most vulnerable.”

Speaking at the occasion PELP Manager, UNITAR, Bella Evidente said that:

“PELP aims to deliver transformational change in humanitarian work in Pakistan through the strengthening of knowledge management processes wherein knowledge is created, shared and transferred, promoting innovative thinking and facilitating a new way of working.

While PELP is closely associated with humanitarian work, it also contributes to the 2030 Development Agenda and in bridging the gap between humanitarian relief and development”.

DFID has recognized the climatic risks that Pakistan faces as the UK has been a leader in humanitarian action and has been able to rapidly scale up life-saving response following both natural disasters and conflict induced displacement across the world. Since the major floods in 2010, DFID has funded around $20 million each year to respond to the immediate needs of those affected.

PELP aims to strengthen Pakistan’s national capacities to document and disseminate humanitarian good practices along with reinforcing sub-national capacities and skills for effective humanitarian engagement.

DFID Head Ms Joanna Reid, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, Chairman NDMA Lt General Omar Mahmood Hayat, UNITAR PELP Manager Ms. Bella Evidente and UNITAR Mr Manager Angus McKay attended the event amongst other participants from the government and donor organisations.

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