MEDIA RELEASE

19 August, 2013

53 international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) working across Pakistan, released a report today Joint action for relief and development on their work in Pakistan. In 2012, international NGOs provided assistance and support to 19.7 million Pakistani’s to access basic services and improve their lives.

Fayaz Ahmad, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum 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. 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”

In 2012 International NGOs together with their local partners reached more than 19.7 million people, across Pakistan. Their diverse work covers everything from long-term development in health, education to emergency assistance and helping families recover from the negative impacts of disasters and displacement.

The report ‘Joint action for relief and development seeks to increase understanding of what International NGOs are, how we reach people, respond to their needs and work with the Government of Pakistan in direct support of its established national priorities and strategies. It underscores the close coordination and partnership between International NGOs, the Government, UN agencies, local NGOs and donors to deliver humanitarian assistance and long-term development projects, to support millions of people in need, across the country.

Launching on World Humanitarian Day in recognition of the principles and motivation that guides humanitarian work globally. All 53 International NGOs are committed to a Code of Conduct to provide humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Pakistan based on need alone, regardless of nationality, gender, background, political affiliations, or religious beliefs.

Notes for Editors

About PHF: The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum was formed to coordinate and strengthen the efforts of International NGOs working in humanitarian and development assistance and enable a single representative body for other actors to engage with. The forum collectively represents INGOs to the Government of Pakistan, United Nations, and the larger humanitarian and civil society including the National Humanitarian Network of Pakistani NGOs and community-based organisations. There are 53 member organisations of the PHF and 10 organisations with PHF observer status.

For further information visit the PHF website at http://pakhumanitarianforum.org/

Code of Conduct December 2012 and links to 53 INGOs available

http://pakhumanitarianforum.org/

19.7m people reached – PHF Pakistan Report, 2013, Joint action for relief and development

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For further information contact Nargis Khan, Policy and Communications Advisor at

nargis.khan@pakhumanitarianforum.org or cell 0345 5007256