ISLAMABAD: An advocacy session on “Building Partnerships for Disaster Risk Reduction” was organised in Islamabad by Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The event was held as part of the project “Building Partnerships for Disaster Preparedness and Response in the Mountainous Areas of Pakistan”, funded by European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department.
“By understanding the approaches adopted by the AKDN in Pakistan, I have learned about the strong impact of communities’ involvement in the development process. My interactions with and observation of FOCUS’ work has helped me understand how we can build resilient communities, in the wake of frequently occurring natural disasters,” said Lieutenant General (r) Nadeem Ahmed, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan, while addressing the audience in Islamabad.
The NDMA Chairman further said that FOCUS draws strength from the support base provided by specialised AKDN agencies, such as the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Aga Khan Health Services, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. General Nadeem also paid rich tributes to the thousands of volunteers supporting the various AKDN agencies and extended all out support to FOCUS and AKDN agencies for future collaborations in terms of disaster risk reduction and response initiatives.
Originally posted at SOURCE