European NGOs cooperate for more effective emergency relief and development
Islamabad: CESVI, Concern Worldwide, Welthungerhilfe, People In Need and ACTED together have implemented two European Commission Department of Humanitarian Aid projects in response to the 2010 floods in Pakistan. The floods affected a wider area and more people than the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and both the 2005 Pakistan and 2010 Haiti earthquakes combined. Alliance2015 cooperation happens at all levels but most crucially on the ground where aid is designed and delivered. Alliance2015 has come together to implement a multi-sector response across wide geographical areas in ways that a single agency could not.
Alliance2015 is a partnership of seven like-minded aid organizations including CESVI from Italy, Concern Worldwide from Ireland, Welthungerhilfe from Germany, Hivos from the Netherlands, IBIS from Denmark, People in Need from the Czech Republic and ACTED from France. The purpose of the Alliance is to fight poverty more effectively through cooperation in developing countries and campaigns to influence public and political opinion in Europe.
How Alliance2015 works in Pakistan
First, knowledge was shared about what kind of assistance local people have identified as their primary needs so that an emergency response could be planned. Technical designs and knowledge were then shared across agencies, for example, designs of rehabilitation projects such as engineering to deliver safe drinking water and a locally appropriate construction of transitional shelters. This made sure that people in all project areas benefitted from the combined expertise of member agencies.
Another key advantage has been close cooperation on how aid can be delivered the most effectively. For example, members share information about which suppliers are offering better prices for life saving items such as blankets, shelter supplies and water purification. This allowed Alliance2015 to reach even more beneficiaries than initially planned.
By the end of the two European Commission Department for Humanitarian Aid relief projects implemented by Alliance2015, the following achievements are expected:
• 16,500 families receive emergency shelter kits and 6,516 improved shelters built.
• Wages provided for work on community projects, will have injected capital into local markets to allow communities to begin to re-start their lives with dignity. Over 300,000 work days will have been paid for projects such as re-construction of homes, roads, and irrigation as well as hygiene promotion and debris removal.
• Over 39,000 households, that is 278,481 people, will have received a kit of basic household items lost in the floods such as blankets, pots, pans, basic utensils, and water storage containers.
• 6,459 village or private wells will be rehabilitated to benefit at least 222,000 people. The water supply at one hospital was also rehabilitated.
• 42,500 households (297,000 people) received essential hygiene items such as toothbrushes, soap, and water purification tablets. 137,100 households (959,714 beneficiaries) will have benefitted from community hygiene promotion campaigns.
• At least 4,000 latrines will have been provided as well as sanitation systems at a hospital and a basic health centre to benefit a total of at least 100,000 people with improved sanitation.
Alliance2015 is currently implementing a DFID (British cooperation) funded early recovery project to ensure 203,693 people have access to goods, services and support allowing for a return to normality including improved food security and nutrition.
“Alliance2015 in Pakistan works as an effective platform for sharing of information, coordination of activities and exchanging of best practices. Moreover, the combination of young people full of drive and our more experienced colleagues has always brought the best solution for the beneficiaries. And that’s what really matters. The Alliance2015 teambuilding that was organized in PIN office in Sindh showed the strength of cooperation within our partnership.”
For more information, contact:
Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
Tel: +9251 265 3035