Humanitarian assistance


OCHA coordinates the humanitarian community’s support to the Government of Pakistan’s response to the ongoing complex emergency in northwest Pakistan, relief services to address outstanding needs in flood-affected areas in southern Pakistan and assistance in earthquake-affected areas in Balochistan. OCHA supports emergency preparedness, coordinated assessments, disaster risk reduction and capacity-building activities for Government officials and local humanitarian partners in disaster-prone districts to enhance their disaster management and response skills. Over US$6 billion has been mobilized for humanitarian assistance in Pakistan since 2005.

Humanitarian financing:

OCHA manages two pooled-funds mechanisms, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Emergency Response Fund (ERF), which provide assistance for food, water, shelter, health care, nutrition and protection support to people affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies. Since 2007, Pakistan has received more than U$168 million from the CERF to address urgent humanitarian needs, while the ERF has disbursed over US$42 million since its inception in 2010.

Policy Support

OCHA provides policy guidance to the Humanitarian Country Team on a broad range of issues, including Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines, humanitarian access, gender equality and civil-military coordination. It liaises on policy issues with other humanitarian actors, as well as with donors, on emerging policy trends.

Humanitarian Access

OCHA advocates on behalf of the people worst affected by humanitarian crises through support to the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Government to enhance access by humanitarian organizations to people in need and facilitate timely and effective provision of assistance. To this end, OCHA engages with humanitarian partners, federal and regional Government interlocutors, as well as donors, to advocate for timelier processing of travel and project implementation certificates, visas and other requisite documentation. OCHA’s civil-military coordination activities in Pakistan are designed to enhance humanitarian access to people in need.

Information Management:

OCHA tracks humanitarian responses through a 4W (Who is doing What, Where, When) matrix and through regular reporting and analysis. It manages, a web portal on humanitarian response in Pakistan. OCHA produces and disseminates regular information products to advocate on behalf of people affected by humanitarian crises.