Press Releases

11 May 2015
Pakistan: United Nations convenes Donor Briefing on returns

(Islamabad/New York, 11 May 2015): The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) convened a humanitarian donors meeting to update the international donor community on the overall situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Donors were appraised on the progress of the returns process and the needs of the returning population. The returns started in March this year in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, and...

13 Feb 2015
Pakistan: UN Humanitarian Team visits displaced people in Khyber Paktunkhwa

(Islamabad, 31 January 2015): A team from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) met with a cross section of displaced people from South and North Waziristan to gain firsthand knowledge of their needs and living conditions.

A three-day visit led by Mr. George Khoury, Country Director, OCHA Pakistan, visited Dera Ismail Khan where displaced people have been living, some for more than seven years. The team also visited Bannu,...

10 Feb 2015
Pakistan: Fact Sheet: Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 2007-2014 Pakistan - February 2015

Since 2007, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$182 million to support the humanitarian response in Pakistan to provide life-saving activities in natural disasters and the complex emergency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. CERF proposals and priorities are developed within the humanitarian clusters/sectors mechanism.

Pakistan is the fifth largest overall CERF funding recipient and the third largest recipient from...

26 Dec 2014
Pakistan: Fact Sheet: Emergency Response Fund (ERF) Pakistan (January 2015)

Pakistan remains among the most disaster-prone countries, with a history of humanitarian emergencies caused by floods, drought, cyclones, earthquakes and conflict.

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in-country at the onset of an emergency, as an adjunct to other funding streams.

ERFs allow Humanitarian Country Teams - who are best informed of the...

13 Nov 2014
Pakistan: CERF funds help thousands of displaced families

In June 2014, the Government of Pakistan commenced a military security operation in North Waziristan Agency targeting non-state armed actors. The operations prompted large scale displacement of more than 1 million people. In July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help humanitarian partners provide emergency aid to thousands of people in need.

With support from CERF, the World Health...