The National Humanitarian Network (NHN) is a  network of National NGOs (NNGOs) in Pakistan, led by an elected Chair and Central Executive Committee nationally, with provincial/regional chapters in five provinces (Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/FATA, Azad Jammu Kashmir) while Gilgit-Baltistan chapter is in the stage of establishment.

Founded in 2010 in result of interactive dialogue in National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to act as an independent and vibrant voice to engage with stakeholders throughout Pakistan for promotion of humanitarian values by influencing policies and building capacities to ensure right based humanitarian response. The network has since decentralized and established provincial chapters and has taken up a formal representational role for the NNGO community in Pakistan at high-level coordination meetings. NHN has a key representation in humanitarian architecture in Pakistan. NHN is representing Pakistani Civil Society at Disaster Management Authorities forums, Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), National Assessment and Monitoring Working Group (NAWG), Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), National Humanitarian Coordination Mechanism (NHCM) Accountability Learning Working Group (ALWG). Gender task Force (GTF) and having significant role in Humanitarian Architecture in Pakistan. NHN is having its representation in Advisory and Review boards of Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF). Beside NHN is representing national civil society in working groups and review committees of disaster management authorities at all level. NHN is present in key Technical Working Groups established by UN and INGOs. NHN is also member of Advisory Group on strategic Review on Food Security & Nutrition. As on June 2018  NHN has 147 members across Pakistan and it is open for all national and local organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance or disaster management advocacy. NHN is continually improving its capacity to act as an effective institution for raising voice of national civil society in Pakistan.


“An efficient and effective humanitarian system being led by responsible and accountable humanitarian and disaster management institutions for the development of safer and disaster resistant communities”.


“Voice the concerns and advocate for the vulnerable and disaster affected communities for improving policies, procedures and strengthening institutions for rights based disaster mitigation and humanitarian response, and to strengthen the role and capacities of national and local humanitarian actors in setting humanitarian and sustainable development agendas and humanitarian action in Pakistan.

  • Inclusiveness
  • Shared and rotational leadership
  • Empathy and responsiveness
  • Accountability at all level

  • To act as an institution that engages with all stakeholders that represent National / local NGOs/Civil Society through efficient and effective coordination mechanism
  • To conduct evidence based policy advocacy for pre, during and post Humanitarian crisis (disaster preparedness/ mitigation / management issues)
  • Facilitate all stakeholders in capacity building to promote community based disaster risk management, emergency response and action.
  • To help in organizing and facilitating to make responsive and accountable civil society for humanitarian response and disaster risk management.
  • Advocate for and promote empowered partnership in, based on GHP’s agreed principles of partnership and new business model to develop local capacities in humanitarian action.