Monday, October 1, 2012

NDF participated in the training organised by ACTED Pakistan

NDF participation in the training organized by ACTED & NHRP

BY: Abid Lashari
“One day workshop and training “Humanitarian Coordination refresher Training” organized by ACTED on 04th September 2012 in Indus Hotel Hyderabad.
The main Objectives for Training were as below

·         Strengthen understanding of the humanitarian reform process and the background to the cluster approach
·         Review the updated humanitarian architecture in Pakistan to ensure that cluster partners understand the system they are asked to participate in
·         Update on the Transformative Agenda and discuss the ways that agencies can play a greater role in the implementation of the ITA
·         Discuss access to humanitarian financing (pooled funds) in Sindh
·         Identify gaps in early recovery coordination in Sindh and brainstorm solutions to address these issues
·         Identify lessons learned from 2011 Floods emergency coordination responsibility for humanitarian response with a designated Cluster Lead Agency or Agencies (CLA)
The facilitators Mr. Dominic, Ms. Joe Read & Mr. Kirk Pirchard facilitated the training sessions. Mr. Abid Lashari President NDF represented NDF during the training.  The training was very fruitful to develop effective cluster coordination. During the training the briefing was given about the project of ACTED “NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project (NHRP II) Pakistan”. It was shared that The NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project is a Geneva-based initiative, convened by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). The project began in 2008, with a two-year programme in four countries, covering a variety of humanitarian environments (Afghanistan, DRC, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe).  During 2008-2010, NHRP produced a number of reports and studies on the progress of the UN humanitarian reform agenda, from an NGO/field perspective, looking at: humanitarian leadership, coordination, financing, accountability and partnership.
Ms. Joe READ shared the purpose of Humanitarian reforms that The Humanitarian Reform agenda aims to improve leadership, coordination, accountability and partnership in the humanitarian sector, and to improve financing opportunities for humanitarian partners through pooled funding mechanisms. The Reform agenda has been behind the roll-out of the cluster system from 2008 onwards, and is led by Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) policy bodies in Geneva and New York. The 2011 Transformative Agenda began a process to address the operational challenges experienced by UN, NGOs and humanitarian partners in relation to the humanitarian reform process.
During the training role of it was shared the role NGOs in humanitarian reform that at the policy level, NGOs are recognized as equal partners to UN agencies in humanitarian operations. Humanitarian coordination structures designed as part of the Humanitarian Reform process in Pakistan, such as the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), Inter Cluster Coordination Mechanism (ICCM), Cluster meetings, Emergency Response Fund (ERF) review meetings, are all envisioned as including strong leadership and participation from both UN and NGOs. NGOs (both international and national) are supposed to have an equal voice in decision-making and information sharing processes with regards to the humanitarian operating environment, to ensure that programming and strategic planning are always based on current and complete understanding of the humanitarian operation.

It was also shared that what humanitarian architecture is? The Humanitarian architecture is the combined structures of humanitarian coordination in-country, the cluster system, government humanitarian coordination ---mechanisms, civil society humanitarian coordination mechanisms (PHF, NHN).

The Transformative Agenda was also defined that  the Transformative Agenda is an initiative to strengthen core elements of the cluster approach, to improve the way that the cluster approach (and humanitarian reform) work in the field.

It was focused on three key areas of humanitarian response:
i) Better leadership  (ii) Improved accountability (iii) Improved coordination

The purpose of coordination was shared that the word coordination is defined as per situation in this discussion is the strategic use of clusters is called coordination. The purpose in participation in the clusters is to show commitment to humanitarian principles. To show Readiness to participate in action that improve access to all people, to show commitment to engage consistently in joint cluster work and to show willingness and capacity to contribute to the cluster strategic response plan.

This type of coordination develops strength of NGO representation in the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). There are three types of NGO representation in HCT. (1) UN Agencies (2) INGOs (3) NNGOs.

The training was ended with ray of hope that the next training will bring new topics to develop strong Humanitarian coordination to respond effectively during humanitarian response.


NDF Participated in Training organised by IRM & UNDP in Hyderabad

NDF participation in the training organized by UNDP & IRM Islamabad

BY: Yasmeen Arain
The two days training on “Assessment Methodology & Techniques” for Community restoration cluster during flood response. The training was organized by IRM with support of UNDP on 28th – 30th August 2012 in Indus Hotel Hyderabad.

The facilitators Mr. Khalid Khattak & Mr. Israr Tunio facilitated the training sessions. Ms. Yasmeen Arain Master Trainer in NDF represented NDF during the training.  It was den of knowledge. During the training basic concepts were shared as it was shared that Statistics is a group of methods used to collect, analyze, present, and interpret data and to make decisions.  The collection of Individual facts, statistics or items of information is called data.
It was also share that there are five main kinds of data, 1. Primary data, 2. Secondary Data, 3. Quantitative Data, 4. Qualitative Data, 5. Cross section and time series data. It was informed that all elements, individuals, items, or objects – whose characteristics are being studied are called population.
It was shared that a survey that includes every number of the population is called census. The technique of collecting information from a portion of the population is called sample survey and  the process of conducting a study from representative samples of specific populations is called survey.  Watching and recording behaviours within a clearly defined area is called observation. A common place instrument for collecting data from a large or diverse sample is called questionnaire.
It was shared that the measure of change is called indicator. The indicators are measured to know at extent development/progress has been made.

It was shared that the magnitude of prevailing situation, issue or problem, identification of Gaps , know where we stand, situation and the needs in the critical stage after a disaster/ crises is called Assessment.
A systematic activity designed to draw inferences, conclusions, hypotheses or assessments including the acquisition of new information during a limited period of time is called Rapid Assessment.

It was informed about MIRA that the Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) is designed to identify strategic humanitarian priorities during the first weeks following an emergency.
The training was very informative which developed techniques & methodology to make survey or assessment during any upcoming emergency situation.
Mr. Roomi S Hayat CEO IRM also participated during last day of training, he was very kind & energetic personality, he did encourage all participate to develop their skills to contribute in the society. His lecture was very informative.
The field visits were also schedule to test the learning of participants. The participants were distributed in the groups to make assessment at multi cluster approach. All the participants were very active & showed keen interest in the learning. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NDF organised orientation session on CLEAR Project on climate Change under partnership of LEAD Pakistan & UKaid

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Community Level Outreach Activity # 1


Please select any of the following proposed types of community outreach activities
Please Tick (ΓΌ)
1.    Community awareness sessions
2.   Community awareness sessions (Female)

3.    Roundtable discussion (Persons with disabilities)

4.    Roundtable discussion

5.    School/College level activity

6.    Any other activity (please state)

1.   Name of the Organization
Nawabshah Disability Forum (NDF)
2.    Name of Master Trainer
Mr. Abid Lashari & Ms. Yasmeen Arain
3.   Date
13th August 2012
4.    Venue (UC, Tehsil and District)
Village Jan Muhammad Lashari, UC Manharo, Tehsil Kazi Ahmed, District Shaheed Benazir Abad
5.    No. of Participants
Male:      56         Female:    00    Total: 56
6.    Any other Information

DETAILS OF ACTIVITY (Maximum word limit 350)
The purpose of this orientation about climate change is to involve vulnerable community to impart training about the subject to demonstrate how vulnerable communities can respond to the impacts of climate change. Mr. Abid Lashari (MT) shared that The CLEAR project will address lack of capacity, lack of effective models, low and ineffectively articulated public demand for the Govt. to act, and a lack of awareness among vulnerable communities as to their rights in relation to climate change. It will not only empower communities to take action, promoting a bottom-up approach to policy making, it will also undertake 30 micro-adaptation projects through communities and CSOs, in coordination with local Govt. These projects will aim to increase the adaptive capacities of local communities through introduction of technologies (mobile flood warning systems), increased knowledge for adaptation (changing cropping patterns, under-water water reservoirs), introduction of alternative livelihoods, particularly for women and other vulnerable groups (poultry farming, livestock farming, etc). He further informed that this project aims to increase the capacity of poor and vulnerable communities in Pakistan to implement climate change adaptations to protect their livelihoods and contribute to bottom-up policy development.
Ms. Yasmeen Arain (MT) shared with the participants that Climate Leadership for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (CLEAR) project was conceived through a participatory approach of LEAD Pakistan to address the urgent and growing threats of climate change to poor and vulnerable communities in Punjab and Sindh provinces in Pakistan. The project addresses lack of capacity, lack of effective models, low and ineffectively articulated public demand for the Govt. to act, and a lack of awareness among vulnerable communities as to their rights in relation to climate change.  CLEAR Project is not only empowering communities to practice climate change adaptation but also promoting a bottom-up approach for people friendly policy making.
Mr. Abid Lashari (MT) shared the impacts on poor community that the environmental changes decrease water availability & quality, decrease in yield production, increase risk of flood & droughts, reduce water regulation in mountainous habitants, decrease in reliability of hydro power & biomass production, increase water born diseases like malaria, dengue & cholera, loss of fisheries.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

SDF visited Goth Seengar Foundation (GSF) Sukkur

Sindh Disability Forum (SDF) visited Goth Seengar Foundation office Sukkur

By: Nabi Bux Shar

Newly elected body of SDF was invited to visit Goth Seengar Foundation (GSF) office Sukkur, Mr. Abid Mallah Finance Manager warm welcomed all SDF members. The office management introduced the programs of GSF. It was informed that the GSF is grass root organization that was emerged from village to develop capacities of villagers to be able to get basic facilities like clean drinking water, poverty alleviation, health & educational opportunities at village level. The GSF struggled hard to achieve its status & now it has 07 office in different districts of Sindh. GSF is playing vital role for the betterment of community with the partnership of different national & international donors. Mr. Abid Lashari senior member SDF shared their progress & purpose of the formation of umbrella network of DPOs of Sindh. It was informed that SDF was formed in 2005 in Karachi to develop capacities of DPOs of Sindh, to make them able to play their vital role in development sector. SDF has represented DPOs as part of development sector not begging bowl. Earlier it was amused that DPOs are begging bowl, member of SDF are actively giving services in mainstream subjects like education, wash, health & others to support community with Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) approach irrespective of disability. SDF offered membership of CBID network of Sindh to GSF that this NGO should also join hands to support vulnerable community with CBID approach. SGF management welcomed the offer of CBID membership & vowed to provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities in their projects beneficiaries. It was also offered to SDF to use GSF meeting hall for meeting/seminar purpose, whenever SDF required. SDF president Mr. Nabi Shar with all members paid thanks of the hospitality of GSF & offer of meeting hall, which will support SDF to hold meetings in future. He hoped for future joint collaboration with GSF to work on disability especially in north Sindh. Shahnawaz Kandhro, Mr. Muhammad Ali Phulpoto, Mumtaz Ali Mangi, Anna Iqbal Bhatti, Hafiz Naseer Ahmed Khuwar, Shoaban Ali Munjhoo & others were also present on the occasion.


Oath taking ceremony of newly elected body of SDF held in Sukkur-Sindh Pakistn

Oath-Taking ceremony of new body of Sindh Disability Forum (SDF) held in Sukkur

BY: Anna Iqbal Bhatti

The oath taking ceremony of newly elected office bearers of Sindh Disability Forum (SDF)held in Sukkur Press club on 10th July 2012. The ceremony was organized by Goth Seengar Foundation (GSF) & Nawabshah Disability Forum, it was witnessed by journalists, social & political activists, citizens in large gathering. Senior member of Press club Mr. Jalal administered oath from newly elected body of SDF, during the ceremony Mr. Nabi Bux Shar as President, Mr. Ghullam Muhammad Sarki as Vice President, Mr. Shahnawaz Kandharo as General Secretary, Mr. Munir Das Oad as Joint Secretary, Mr. Hafiz Naseer Ahmed Khuawar as Treasurer, Mr. Mumtaz Ali Mangi as Information Secretary, Ms. Nna Iqbal Bhatti took oath as office secretary of Sindh Disability Forum (SDF). During Press Conference, Mr. Abid Lashari President Nawabshah Disability Forum (NDF) congratulated newly elected office bearers of SDF as a result of election held on 05th July in Nawabshah. He mentioned that SDF is only network of Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) of Sindh, which work as channel between Government & DPOs. This network has promoted name of Sindh from national level to international level, for representing Sindh in national & international forums. SDF has 27 member organizations, which are based in all districts of Sindh. SDF builds up capacity of member organizations.

Mr. Lashari informed that SDF is also chapter of national network DPI Pakistan, which is well recognized in the world. SDF demands equal rights, barrier free society for all, equal opportunities without discrimination of any form of disability. He said that Sindh Government is not serious to pay heed on issues of disabilities. He condemned the policy paper 2012-2022 of Ministry of special Education Sindh, which was developed without consent of persons with disabilities. If we are not invited during policy making or decision making that will not be fruitful process to assess the needs & solutions of people with disabilities. We say that nothing about us, without us, people with disabilities should be placed in decision making process.

Mr. Nabi Bux Shar President Sindh Disability Forum (SDF) paid thanks of NDF & SGF for support to organize such ceremony. He said that civil society should join our network to tackle the issues of disabilities. SDF is very strong platform & single voice of people with disabilities of Sindh. which is being echoed today from Sukkur & tomorrow from any corner of Sindh. He said the first target of newly elected body of SDF would be to ensure 2% job quota from private to government sectors, second is to create awareness about equal rights & dignity of people with disabilities. Our people with disabilities are pride for the nation, society must accept disability. He said Government of Sindh is not implementing 2% job quota with letter & spirit, SDF will try to meet Chief Minister to convince him about the implementation of quota.

Mr. Shahnawaz Kandhro General Secretary SDF informed that SDF will do its possible efforts to provide dignified access to people with disabilities from public offices to national to international forums. He further informed that private sector is not providing jobs against 2% quota in al factories of Sindh. This sector is big employer of Sindh, but it has also discriminatory attitudes & policies. Mr. Kandhro appealed to Supreme Court to define the 1981 ordinance, for the implementation of 2% job quota for people with disabilities. He said poverty is root cause of disability & disability is cause of poverty. People with disabilities should be encouraged to develop their economy.

Mr. Hafiz Naseer Khuawr treasurer of SDF said that financial institutes Zakat council & Bait-ul-Mal are also not paying heed over persons with disabilities to provide them financial support, to sustain their living in sustainable way. He said both institutions are bound t provide financial support to people with disabilities to alleviate poverty among people with disabilities. SDF will meet with authorities of Zakat council & Bait-ul-Mal to keep continue possible support for people with disabilities.

Ms. Anna Iqbal Bhatti said that women with disabilities are facing double discrimination in the society. Women should be offered special attention from 15% quota of women as well. Women with disabilities are confined in their own homes, they have no right to education, marriage, expression and many others. She asked the community to pay proper attention on future mothers of society. Women with disabilities have also same rights to enjoy as other women have, they must be encouraged to participate in social events.

In the end it was vowed to keep continue the possible efforts to bring about change in the living standards of people with disabilities under banner of SDF-Sindh.

NOWPDP & NDF organised camp for the registration of people with disabilities in Nawabshah

NOWPDP, Ministry of special education Sindh & NDF organized one day camp for registration of people with disabilities in Nawabshah

BY: Abid Lashari

NOWPDP Karachi, ministry of special education Sindh & Nawabshah Disability Forum (NDF) organized one day camp for the registration of CNICs & disability certificates of people with disabilities through one window operation system in DC secretariat, Shaheed Benazir Abad on dated 30th June 2012. More than 500 people with disabilities visited the camp and got the registration. 

The Social Welfare Department, PMC hospital administration, NADRA, Directorate of Employment Exchange Sukkur & District administration contributed their possible efforts to make succeed the event.

People with disabilities were informed through distributions of pamphlets, NGOs, radio messages, awareness seminars at Taluka levels. This event was termed as unique in the history of Nawabshah that people with disabilities were facilitated under single floor.  

All the people with disabilities took participate with discipline, NDF volunteers proved themselves to render services, whenever they were called. It was good experience of NDF to work with NOWPDP in the campaign of registration.   

Saturday, July 7, 2012

NDF observed No Tobacco Day 2012 in Nawabshah


Title of Seminar: Smoking & Disability
Date: 31-05-2012
Venue: NDF office, Nawabshah
Report by: Abid Lashari
 One Day Seminar “SMOKING & DISABILITY” was organized by Nawabshah Disability Forum (NDF) with collaboration of Coalition Tobacco Control (CTC) Pakistan, Islamabad. Mr. Ghullam Nabi Nizamani Chairperson CBR AP Network was chief guest on the occasion. Mr. Murad Ali Jamali District Officer Social Welfare Shaheed Benazir Abad presided over the ceremony. Mr. Abid Lashari President Nawabshah Disability Forum (NDF) welcomed all the participants and elaborated the importance of the day. It was told that the 31st May is international day of No Tobacco; the theme for this year is “Tobacco Industry Interference”. The CTC Pakistan is striving to create awareness about no tobacco & NDF is partnering in Shaheed Benazir Abad to control bad habit of smoking. Mr. Lashari termed the smoking injurious to health; many diseases are cause of smoking. He further told that Pakistan Government has promulgated many laws to control tobacco but lame implementation was witnessed to control the smoking. He said smoking at public places is high risk for the health of other people (non smokers). Government has prohibited smoking on public places but violation is continued. Safety precautions should be introduced, the implementation of law with full spirit is dire need of hour. He said NDF is disabled people organization, which wants to enhance collaboration with mainstream NGOs, INGOs on grave concerns like smoking, Aids, disaster, child/women rights and other projects of development to ensure and promote social inclusion of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are capable to play their vital role in every walk of life, he added. Mr. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani said that smoking is not only cause of diseases but it leads to disability as well. Smoking leads to stress, stroke on brain which leads to paralyze of parts of body. Mr. Nizamani suggested that CTC Pakistan should include people with disabilities in their programs, that accessible means of information on Tobacco through leaflets, brochures accessible for blind people as well & videos   for deaf community. Mr. Murad Ali Jamali DO Social Welfare said that NDF is doing lot to prevent social evils which is plus point that disabled people organization is contributing in the society. It is proved today that disability is not inability, if these people offered equal opportunities definitely they will do lot some different in society. Smoking is bad habit which may be controlled by the efforts and awareness campaigns by civil society, government and all stakeholders. Ms. Anna Iqbal Bhatti, Ms. Asma Muneer Arain, Irfan Keerio, Nabi Bux Shar and others also spoke on the occasion. The brochures, booklets and other printing material about information about the No Tobacco Day were distributed among the participants.