In emergencies, the ability of communities to meet their basic needs is severely disrupted, resulting in tremendous human sufferings and need of humanitarian assistance. In these situations, the worst affected are those who are already poor and vulnerable, and thus immediate relief and response assistance is critical to save lives. These humanitarian crisis situations require a well-planned, rapid and coordinated humanitarian response to protect
life, health and well being of the affected population.
For this specialized role of emergency disaster response in Pakistan, there is an acute shortage of trained professionals, and even fewer people who have practical hands-on field experience. To reduce vulnerability of Pakistan to disasters, the humanitarian sector in Pakistan is engaging in preparedness actions, which includes building capacity through training disaster management personnel for leadership roles in case of emergencies.
“Simulation on Emergency Response and Management” is an initiative of Pakistan Resilience Partnership (PRP) and Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP), that aims to strengthen the capacity and level of readiness among potential Humanitarian Leaders from various regions of Pakistan. It aims to improve the disaster response preparedness of mid-management level professionals working in NGO and local Government departments across Pakistan. It utilizes a unique hands-on “simulation” methodology
After 3 successful trainings based on the same methodology conducted in partnership with OXFAM (March 2018, December 2018 & January 2019), National Humanitarian Network Pakistan (NHN) has decided to conduct the same exercise in a condensed time frame (2 days) with a batch of mixed-gender participants. The training was designed to provide hands on, practitioner-led learning & mentoring programme composed of both minimal classroom learning, and scenario-based application of core humanitarian competencies and theoretical knowledge. Thirty-five (35) humanitarian professionals participated in this training. With partnership of the consultants, a capacity building programme was adapted from the earlier trainings curriculum. The whole programme was focused on allowing trainees to participate, test their skills, share knowledge and learn openly without any cultural or gender barriers. This provided a platform for cross learning and sharing, resulting in improvement in the existing skills and capacities related to humanitarian preparedness and response.
The detailed report of the exercise is available in the library section or can be directly accessed on the following link