Norwegian Church Aid in Pakistan
- Presence established: 1982 (Also provided support in 1956, 1969-1978)
- Funds used in 2018: 21.5 million NOK
In Pakistan, we engage both right-holders and duty-bearers through local implementing partners to foster inclusive societies and positive gender relations and provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities and hygiene awareness. In close collaboration with our local partners, we 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 unite and struggle together 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.
Through a close collaboration between local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), governmental bodies, judiciary, police, parliamentarian our programme interventions offer 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 ensure gender sensitive interventions in all GE projects to sensitise and create more legal awareness through local CSOs, law making and implementing bodies that 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 for economic development opportunities. 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 effective implementation of pro-women legislation to promote gender equality and end harmful cultural practices through deliberations with the duty bearers.
We support our local partners to encourage harmonious relation within communities by fostering social cohesion through joint commemoration of cultural and 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 among the target communities, which helps to identify and address acts of social discrimination through mainstreaming protection measures for the underprivileged segments of the society.
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 to reduce water borne diseases 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.
Since 2005, we have provided relief and rehabilitation to earthquake and flood affected people in the areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab. 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 are focusing in Islamabad Capital 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 Government institutions such as National, Provincial and District Departments, Police, Judiciary, Parliamentarians, National Commission of Status of Women (NCSW), Provincial Commission on Status of Women (PCSWs), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Water and Sanitation (WAT-SAN) cell 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.