UNICEF - ERRA Collaboration
After the October 8, 2005 earthquake, the Government of Pakistan created the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) to support medium to long-term rebuilding efforts. A massive response was mounted by civil society organizations, the population at large and the affected people. They played a commendable and substantive supporting role, with huge amounts of cash, in-kind donations and voluntary contribution of time and expertise.
UNICEF collaborates with ERRA to directly support efforts in Education, Water, Environment & Sanitation, Health and Support to Vulnerable Children of the ERRA-UN Early Recovery Plan through its Primary Education, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Health and Child Protection projects in order to realize the survival, development and protection rights of children in the affected areas. UNICEF’s assistance focuses on an integrated delivery of improved basic social services in the affected areas; institutional and community capacity building; continued humanitarian support for the remaining IDP caseload and the most vulnerable population; and advocacy and facilitation for required policy and legislative reform to address the rights of vulnerable children in six of the nine affected districts – Abbottabad, Battagram and Mansehra in NWFP, and Bagh, Muzaffarabad and Neelum in AJK.
Following on from the early recovery phase, ERRA plans a recovery and rehabilitation phase which will scale down as functions are handed over to local governments. In order to ensure continued support to the Government of Pakistan and the effected areas, UNICEF has prepared this Strategy for Recovery and Rehabilitation in the Earthquake-Affected Areas to outline proposed programmatic and financial contributions to the overall earthquake recovery and rehabilitation effort. This reflects strategies and interventions based upon the lessons learned from both the relief and early recovery phases and planned jointly with the various levels of ERRA, the line departments and district governments in NWFP and AJK, UN and (I)NGO partners. The planned interventions are in line with national sector strategies, the UN System in Pakistan’s Guiding Principles for Early Recovery and Reconstruction, and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
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