NIDA-Pakistan Programmatic Areas and Interventions in Pakistan
Emergency Response, Humanitarian Assistance and its Principals
Overview of the DRR and CCA

Humanitarian aid' is aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies. The characteristics that mark it out from other forms of foreign assistance and development aid are that it is intended to be governed by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. It is intended to be short-term in nature and provide for activities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. In practice it is often difficult to say where 'during and in the immediate aftermath of emergencies' ends and other types of assistance begin, especially in situations of prolonged vulnerability. Traditional responses to humanitarian crises and the easiest to categories as such, are those that fall under the aegis of 'emergency response.

  1. Material relief assistance and services (shelter, water, medicines etc.)
  2. Emergency food aid (short-term distribution and supplementary feeding programs)
  3. Relief coordination, protection and support services (coordination, logistics and communications)
NIDA-Pakistan Approaches Emergency Response and Humanitarian Assistance
By coordinating assessments NIDA-Pakistan
  1. Promote a shared vision of needs and priorities / Rapid Assessment
  2. Establish an understanding of priority needs from an integrated perspective increase coverage
  3. Use resources more efficiently
  4. Better guide donor funding and obtain a more comprehensive picture of needs
  5. Serve as a foundation for planning
  6. Reduce duplication of effort and promote inter-agency learning
  7. Identify gaps with greater precision and Support shared monitoring processes
  8. Consistency between and within cluster/sectors
  9. Support assessment preparedness at the country-level
  10. Encourage coordination during response