To increase community resilience in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, FATA Disaster Management Authority and UNDP establish consortium of local civil society organizations
Due to insecurity, large-scale displacement of populations throughout FATA has led to millions of people at one time or another living in camps and spontaneous settlements. As of September 2013, 169,517 families have returned to their places of origin while 175,552 families are still living in camps or host communities. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) is helping to increase the resilience of the local communities and ensuring the sustainable return of crisis affected people to their homes.
To effectively mobilize the communities for development interventions, FDMA is working on building capacities of local civil society organizations (CSOs) and bringing them together in form of consortiums. While the networks of the CSOs and NGOs working in other regions of Pakistan are well established, such a CSO consortium does not exist for FATA. The consortium will comprise grassroots organizations that are already familiar with the local communities. The consortium will work together with the local communities and encourage stronger engagement with the people of FATA to build back in an effective manner.
Speaking at the capacity building workshop for the local CSOs based in FATA, Mr. Arshad Khan, Director General FATA Disaster Management Authority, said, “It is for the first time that around 16 local CSOs from various agencies of FATA have come together to discuss their common challenges. The rehabilitation and recovery efforts in FATA will not be possible without the support of local CSOs that understand the local dynamics of the region.” He highlighted that UNDP is working hand in hand with FDMA to bring the local CSOs of FATA together and build their capacity on project design and implementation in a complex environment.
Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan, said, “To address the emerging challenges in FATA, it is important that all the stakeholders work together to identify the root causes of this crisis and develop local solutions that have a direct impact on the people of FATA. The local CSOs are crucial in efforts pertaining to peace building, conflict transformation and community development.”
The three day training workshop for the local CSOs will build the institutional capacity of indigenous CSOs/NGOs on conflict analysis, project design and implementation for peace building interventions. This is expected to result in a consortium of partners that will use the social mobilization process to determine needs and help the people to resolve their own issues.
For details, contact: Fatimah Inayet, Communications Analyst