Pakistan has been affected and is at risk of both natural and man-made disaster. Recent examples include the earthquake of 2005, the ongoing internal displacement due to conflict in the north-west of Pakistan, recurring and wide scale floods annually since 2010. To respond to the needs of the affected population UN agencies, NGOs and government agencies work together to minimise the negative impact of the disasters and provide assistance to those affected.
The humanitarian community does this by close coordination of all stakeholders through an established framework. This humanitarian architecture allows an effective, coordinated response when disaster strikes.
In addition to INGO Coordination meetings conducted by the PHF for members, there are other groups which support coordination and coordination fora. Primarily these are the Government of Pakistan, specifically the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs), the United Nations, specifically the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the National Humanitarian Network (NHN), for national NGO coordination.
The PHF does not lead any cluster coordination mechanisms, nor does it replicate the work of the cluster system. INGO members of the PHF interested in sectoral coordination participate in the relevant cluster meetings.