16 February 2018, Islamabad: Through its Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme 2014-2019 (MYHP), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has been providing humanitarian assistance to Pakistan and supporting 2-3 million people affected by natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes and droughts, as well as over 1 million internally displaced persons from conflict and other complex emergencies. The Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) is an important component of the MYHP and aims to strengthen knowledge management processes and achieve concrete results, by ensuring that knowledge is captured, shared, and utilized for the benefit of the humanitarian system in Pakistan. The PELP will support MYHP through the provision of high quality knowledge services that will progressively improve the performance of the humanitarian response, as well as contribute to the humanitarian-development nexus.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has been retained by DFID to develop and initiate implementation of the PELP for ultimate transfer to a suitable national entity. The PELP establishment phase is taking place over a 2-year period (2017-2019) through a dedicated project team and an office located in the Serena Business Complex. Through the combination of knowledge and learning hub, an innovation grant mechanism and third-party monitoring, the PELP’s ambition is to strengthen capacities to document and disseminate humanitarian best practices, enhance skills for effective humanitarian engagements and improve accountability and lesson learning from humanitarian activities in Pakistan.
On Friday February 16, 2018, UNITAR organized an official launch event of PELP along with the announcement of the Innovation Grant Mechanism Call for Proposals, in Serena Hotel, Islamabad. The event brought together delegates from major stakeholders in the humanitarian and development landscape of Pakistan, including donors, NGOs, academia, and civil society.
Neil Buhne, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, welcomed all guests and participants and expressed his appreciation to NDMA, DFID and UNITAR for bringing together various partners in delivering transformational change in humanitarian work in Pakistan through PELP.
Speaking at the event, Joana Reid, Head of DFID Pakistan said that, ““We know that every year there will be floods and natural disasters in Pakistan, and we should be prepared to cope with the crisis and help save lives. Development will be at its best when we’re all on the same platform. Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) will act as that forum for the humanitarian community to ensure timely humanitarian response based on what works best to help the most vulnerable.”
NDMA Chairman Lt Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat in his key remarks stated that, “Pakistan has faced many recurrent disasters in the recent past and over the years has moved from reactive to proactive disaster management approach. While the humanitarian partners have learnt a lot from Pakistan’s experience in natural disaster management, there is a need to share collective knowledge leveraged on humanitarian operations and programming to ensure sustainability of capacity development investments and improve the quality of programming”.
PELP and UNITAR Manager Bella Evidente said, “PELP aims to deliver transformational change in humanitarian work in Pakistan through the strengthening of knowledge management processes wherein knowledge is created, shared and transferred, promoting innovative thinking and facilitating a new way of working. While PELP is closely associated with humanitarian work, it also contributes to the 2030 Development Agenda and in bridging the gap between humanitarian relief and development.”
Among the group of finest experts and leaders in the humanitarian sector of Pakistan, the event’s distinguished guest speakers included Head of DFID Joanna Reid, UN Resident Coordinator & Humanitarian Coordinator Pakistan Neil Buhne, and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat. UNITAR GCP Manager Angus MacKay and UNITAR/UNOSAT Manager Einar Bjorgo facilitated the event and delivered presentations.
For more information on PELP – http://www.unitar.org/pillars/2030-agenda-support/pakistan-evidence-and-learning-platform-pelp