Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks
HNPW 2023 (17-28 April 2023)

Session title: Flooding in Pakistan: What does the response teach us about the future of humanitarian action?
25 Apr 23 (14:00-15:00)
Focal points• Ms Helen Kearney, H2H Network, Danish Refugee Council (ShowEmail)
• Ms Hanna Sjödin, Switzerland (ShowEmail)
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25 Apr 23 (12:00-13:00)25 Apr 23 (14:00-15:00) English

In mid-June 2022, Pakistan experienced an extreme monsoon rainfall season, resulting in uncontrollable flash floods and landslides across the country. The consequences of the flooding were widely recognized as having been exacerbated by climate change. Over 33 million people were affected by the disaster, with close to eight million people displaced, over 1,600 people dead, and nearly 13,000 injured.

As a middle-income country with substantial disaster management capacity and civil society, Pakistan’s government led the ensuing humanitarian response efforts. However, challenges around mounting and facilitating a large-scale response quickly emerged. Clusters were not activated, with international actors such as UN agencies and international NGOs instead participating in ‘sector’ coordination led by government ministries.

This panel will bring together international actors, H2H Network project leads and their national partners to review what was learned, asking what the response to the crisis teaches us about the future of humanitarian response.