For recovery & restoration of communities in flood-affected districts across the country, UNDP and the Government of Pakistan launched a US$90 mn Early Recovery Programme (ERP). The European Union contributed US$20 mn to this programme. The programme worked in 4,000 villages across the country benefiting more than 5.5 mn people in 29 most-affected districts, adopting an area-based development approach to early recovery with a special focus on women.
EU event to extract lessons learned from Pakistan floods
On 26 June, EU’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments organized the event The EU and Flood Recovery: Lessons Learnt for the Next Disaster in Pakistan in Brussels.
Following the worst floods in Pakistan’s history in 2010, the complex needs of the affected population were addressed through various EU assistance measures. One such measure was funded through the Instrument for Stability (IfS) and implemented by UNDP and Internews Europe.
As the IfS-funded project came to an end a few months ago, the purpose of the event was to bring key actors together to assess the impact and effectiveness of the project and to agree on some concrete lessons learned – extending beyond the immediate realms of the project. These lessons will, in turn, serve to inform any future actions for key actors in the region. The timeliness of the event is of particular pertinence given that the region is now anticipating a further disruptive monsoon season in 2013.
UNDP’s Country Director in Pakistan, Mr. Marc-Andre Franche, one of the participants and presenters, welcomed the event, saying it was “an opportunity for partners in recovery to reflect on lessons together, something that we should do more”. Mr. Franche presented the achievements of UNDP’s post floods Early Recovery Programme in Pakistan, a programme which was partly financed by the EU. He also shared the lessons learned from the implementation of the programme. “Early recovery worked”, Mr. Franche said. “But it can only be sustained if we are able to effectively link it to regular development programmes by the government, supported by the international community.” Summarizing one of the conclusions of the event, Mr. Franche said: “What was clear was the need to advocate for greater investments in preparedness and disaster risk reduction to reduce the cost of relief and recovery next time.”
A report summarizing the lessons learned has been prepared by the organizers. The event also inaugurated a photo exhibition illustrating the efforts led by the EU IfS in the context of the Floods Recovery in Pakistan in the last three years, in which several photos also illustrating the results of the EU-UNDP partnership can be seen.
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