On August 19, 2013 in recognition of World Humanitarian Day, the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) launched the report, Joint Action for Relief and Development. CWS-P/A is one of the 53 member organizations of the PHF, a contributor to the report and event, and has an elected representative on the PHF Executive Committee.
Representatives from international and national NGOs, government agencies including National Disaster Management Authority, UN agencies, embassies, donor agencies, and the media attended the occasion. A panel of guest speakers included Pierre Mayaudon, Deputy Head EU Delegation, Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women, and Talat Hussain, Journalist and TV Presenter. Respectively they talked about the following diverse topics: the EU in Pakistan, the world needs more humanity, and media matters, journalists as change makers. During the question and answer session, the panelists were able to address questions and clarify the role INGOs play in relief and development in the country.
The main objective of the report is to increase understanding of what INGOs are, how they reach people, respond to their needs, and work with the Government of Pakistan in direct support of its established national priorities and strategies. Fayaz Ahmad, PHF Chair and Country Director for Islamic Relief, said, “The report we present today seeks to highlight partnerships and explain the work of international NGOs to help create a better understanding of what we do, how we work—and ultimately, show the impact of that work on the most vulnerable in our society. It is they who remain our main focus.” Continuing, he shared, “We hope that through working with those who support vulnerable communities across Pakistan, we will see even greater efforts of cooperation and partnership the months and years ahead—Our business should be everybody’s business: a concern to alleviate suffering for those most in need.”
For more information, please access the full report at: http://www.cwspa.org/resources/publications