Disaster Risk Management (Completed)

Background and Objectives


The recent disasters in Pakistan have exposed both strengths and weaknesses of the Pakistani disaster risk management (DRM) system. Relatively better emergency response capacities exist at the national level: the system can draw on the services of the army, para-military and civil defence forces, as well as local emergency response institutions. However, at sub-national level these capacities are fairly limited. In general, disaster risk reduction as opposed to disaster response preparedness is in its nascent phase in the country. The One-UN joint DRM Programme will assist the government in strengthening the foundations of a DRM system in Pakistan.


The main goal is to increase knowledge and awareness of disaster resistant technologies for risk reduction, including institutionalization and dissemination of programme resources and lessons learned from the 2005 earthquake recovery.
In specific, to strengthen institutional; capacities at federal, provincial, district and local levels to disaster risk management forward in the policy-making, planning and development process.


  • The DRM consultant has been hired and is on-board. The consultant is based in the Ministry of Environment (MoE) for improved consultation and technical assistance
  • Training need assessments for masons in KPK and Balochistan has been completed


  • Provided support to NDMA for revision of PC-1 and DRR checklist, the new format has been recently approved.
  • Manual for building models for flood and earthquake resistant housing has been completed
  • Coordination mechanism established in districts that faced the flooding, this request was put forward to UN-Habitat by UNDP and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
  • Working group has been formed for the documentation of indigenous construction practices.

Development Partners / Partners

Donor: One UN Fund

Partners: NDMA, DDMAs