Norwegian Church Aid in Pakistan
- Presence established: 1982 (Also provided support in 1956, 1969-1978)
- Funds used in 2015: 23.7 million NOK
In Pakistan, NCA in close collaboration with our local partners, have successfully built synergies between our relief and development programmes to deliver timely and culturally sensitive support and services to mobilize and empower local communities, especially women and girls.
By building a strategic alliance of relevant stakeholders, our aim is to bring them together to fight for equal rights for all in our strategically chosen core programmes.
Qazi Wasu-Ur-rehman is an Islamic teacher from Shinkiari in northern Pakistan. He is one of a few leaders in the local society who consecrate love marriages. He gets a lot of protests for that.
Our programme in Pakistan focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene, gender-based violence, peacebuilding, and emergency prepardness and response.
We provide basic sanitation facilities for targeted communities, and access to clean water, with a specific aim to reduce risk of water borne diseases, especially for mothers, and children. With our support, our local partners strive to ensure that the targeted communities take ownership of the supported WASH interventions and are able to sustain those interventions via decentralized WASH management structures. The information campaigns on positive hygiene and sanitation practices have produced conspicuous results and are directed specifically towards protection and dignity of women and girls. Our WASH interventions also strengthen civil society through networking, coordination and capacity building of local humanitarian organizations.
Through a close collaboration between local CSOs, FBOs, and governmental bodies, our programme interventions offer GBV prevention and protection against harmful cultural practices, for instance, forced and early/child marriages, denial of inheritance for girls and women, and domestic violence. We support local CSOs who are working to change social norms that condone GBV, while promoting positive masculinities by engaging young men and boys. We also offer venues for women’s equal participation in decision-making fora and help set-up networks that empower women to participate in public sphere. We work with religious leaders to advocate for equal women’s rights and stop violence against women and girls. Moreover, we support local CSOs to advocate for and facilitate the implementation of pro-women legislation to end GBV in Pakistan through deliberations with the duty bearers.
We support our local partners to address the misuse of religion and growing extremism in the country, both at the national and local level. We encourage harmonious relation within communities by fostering social solidarity through joint commemoration of religious events. Additionally, our local partners lobby the Government to promote a culture of equal citizenship for all regardless of any social, religious or political affiliations. We facilitate coordination and joint action among FBOs and CSOs to promote social cohesion and harmony among the target communities, which helps to identify and counter acts of extremism and social discrimination through mainstreaming protection measures for the underprivileged segments of the society.
Since 2005, we have provided relief and rehabilitation to earthquake and flood affected people in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab areas. We prioritise WASH in our emergency response, with built-in protection modalities against all forms of gender-based violence in emergencies. The cross cutting themes of gender mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction, protection and environment are part and parcel of our emergency response, rehabilitation, and long-term development in the WASH programme. We also plan to improve our local partners’ capacities in conditional cash transfers within WASH programming in emergencies and aim to scale-up our capacity to respond countrywide in the event of large-scale emergencies. We are amongst the leading members of various national and provincial forums and clusters including Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), ACT Pakistan Forum, and WASH cluster.
For the strategic period 2016-2020, our programme interventions in Islamabad federal territory and 17 districts of Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces. Following are the geographic areas where NCA is supporting its local partners:
We have provided emergency response in the country since 1981 and established our country office in 2007. Subsequent to our longstanding presence, we have built strong networks with both CSOs and the Government institutions like National, Provincial and District Departments, such as Police, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), WAT-SAN cell (Water & Sanitation) etc.
Norwegian Church Aid believes it is only the people and the communities themselves that can bring about lasting change. We implement our programmes together with local partner organisations and in close contact and coordination with the local government.