Livelihoods Recovery for Flood-Affected Populations in Pakistan

15 April 2014

The 2010 floods in Pakistan affected more than 20 million people, with loss of lives and livelihoods, and the destruction of homes, basic infrastructure and standing crops.

Beneficiaries of Concern's shelter project in the village of Bilal Dal, Punjab, Pakistan, 2011. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Beneficiaries of Concern's shelter project in the village of Bilal Dal, Punjab, Pakistan, 2011. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

In order to address the time-critical early recovery needs, Concern implemented the ‘Livelihoods Recovery for the Flood Affected Populations in Sindh & Punjab’ project. The specific objective was to ensure that flood affected targeted populations have access to goods, services and support allowing for a return to normality.

The evaluation found that the overall impact of this assistance in the two Provinces was very positive as it had built a very positive image of the humanitarian community in the target areas. Agriculture support had a huge immediate impact on the beneficiary households who were able to revive their agriculture through the assistance provided under this project. Cash for work turned out to be a highly successful activity which provided labourers with skilled and unskilled labour at their door step and a decent daily wage rate.

However, livestock and poultry components of the project weren't able to show any significant immediate impact due to substantially high mortality rate in poultry and goats, particularly in the sample villages. Provision of conditional cash grants for revival of small enterprises also had a significant impact in most of the cases where the beneficiary households had a monthly increase of PKR 6000 to 7000, thereby allowing them to buy food for the household. The recipients of the unconditional cash grants were highly vulnerable persons who were able to meet immediate health and food needs of their household with the help of this assistance.

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