Tuesday, 26 September 2017

RDF envisions "an equitable and eco friendly world"

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RDF believes Reproductive Health as one of the basic rights of women. It works towards attainment of the whole range of preventive, promotive and curative services which includes information, education and communication (IEC), and counseling. The different conditions for which such services must be made available include ante-natal, delivery and post-natal period, infertility, abortion, reproductive tract infections, STDs and HIV/AIDS and contraception etc. 

RDF believes that education is a fundamental human right and a foundation for an enlightened society. Therefore securing the right to education is key to enabling people to secure other basic rights. A major challenge for education in Pakistan today is lack of interest on part of public sector institutions to provide quality basic education since the public sector is rapidly loosing its credibility due to absence of accountability and corruption. Education should provide children with the attitude as well as the skills that are conducive to promoting creativity, problem solving, and coping with uncertainties. Bringing every child into the classroom is no longer enough - each child is entitled to a high quality of education that will best prepare them for the future.

The goal of the RDF’s Education Program is to make a significant contribution to the achievement of education for all in its operation areas. We aim to improve the quality and delivery of services in education appropriate to the needs of poor children, in particular girls, and to increase their access to those services. Our purpose is to help fill the remaining gaps in coverage, retention, and quality of primary basic education.

Livelihoods are the many different ways that people can earn their living and meet their essential needs. RDF works with people who are denied the right to a dignified livelihood and have not benefited from economic development.

RDF supports people as they build a reliable way of life through our agriculture and livestock programmes. These programmes include developing agricultural techniques, helping families to store food, supporting people to securing access to their land, working with people to teach them skills they can use to make money. Our work focuses strongly on helping people to meet their basic needs. But we also support peoples’ rights to land, shelter, water and their right to a fair wage and good working conditions.

Pakistan is vulnerable to disaster risks from a range of natural hazards including earthquakes, droughts, floods, landslides, avalanches, cyclones and storms, tsunami, glacial lake outbursts, river erosion, epidemics and pest attacks. The human induced hazards that threaten the country include transport, industrial and nuclear accidents, oil spills, urban fires, civil conflicts and internal displacements of communities due to multiple factors. The high priority hazards in terms of the scale and frequency of occurrence and the impact include earthquakes, droughts, flooding and transport accidents that can cause widespread damage and losses.

The vulnerabilities of Pakistan and its people are aggravated by a number of factors and conditions that act as dynamic pressures. They include the size and growth of human population, the size and growth of animal population in the arid zones, urbanization and the resultant environmental degradation, and climate change and variability. An analysis of the hazards, vulnerabilities, and dynamic pressures indicate that frequency and severity of certain hydro-meteorological and geological hazards may increase in the coming years and decades. This would lead to greater social, economic and environmental losses.

Humanitarian Response is one of the important facet of RDF’s thematic programmes. In case of emergencies RDF gets involved in all the three stages of response, early recovery and rehabilitation. The important sub-sectors RDF works in are as follows:

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion:

During emergency as well as stages beyond water, sanitation and hygiene promotion are the most important and urgent needs of the affected communities, be what the nature of natural disaster. RDF through a team of dedicated Engineers, hygiene promoters and social mobilizers organizes the communities and provide humanitarian response to them within stipulated timeframe.

Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods:

As during the emergencies the affected communities generally loose their important assets and livelihood resources; therefore they require immediate assistance. The objective of RDF’s emergency food security and livelihood response is to assist people that are prone to, or affected by, humanitarian crisis to prevent acute malnutrition by helping them to meet their immediate, minimum food needs and to protect and recover their livelihoods.

Shelter and Housing:

One of the first things that people need after being forced to flee their homes in case of disaster is some kind of a roof over their head. Providing shelter is a priority for RDF during emergency response, early recovery and rehabilitation periods. Apart from emergency/transitional shelters RDF also works to provide housing solutions during early recovery and rehabilitation phases which includes energy efficient housing, semi permanent low cost housing etc.

Living with Climate Change

Climate change is no longer an issue for the distant future but a hard reality already taking place.

According to a report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an increase of 0.6°C during last century and a likely increase of 2°C to 4°C in the twenty-first century is expected despite necessary measures being adopted to counter its effects all over the world.

Pakistan is the 16th country in the world most vulnerable to climate change. Around 23% of the country’s land and nearly 50% of the entire population is estimated to be exposed to potential natural disasters due to climate change. The challenges range from the a combination of poverty and population growth, leading to the over-exploitation of natural resources to the unplanned increase in industrialization and urbanization, leading to the pollution of water, air and land. In July/August 2010, Pakistan saw unprecedented floods besides other unusual events costing the nation US$9.5 billion and leaving an enormous portion of the country’s farmland destroyed along with much of its infrastructure.

Program Objectives    

  • To enable vulnerable local communities in Sindh to better understand and respond to climate change risks and   thereby adapt to growing climate change pressures

  • To develop the human and technical capacity of public institutions to understand and address immediate climate   change risks for vulnerable communities in Sindh

  • To integrate climate risk awareness and responsiveness into economic and operational planning and strengthening   proactive disaster management

Thematic Focus of the CC & DRR Program

Climate Change Adadptation

  • Identify climate change induced risks and vulnerabilities
  • Prioritize adaptation efforts at the climate sensitive areas
  • Building capacities of program partners in research and promotion of the climate resilient technologies
  • Climate variability and impact assessments
  • Prioritize and strengthen the existing capacities
  • Mainstreaming adaptation into longer term sustainable development and poverty eradication strategies through advocacy, networking and policy dialogue
  • Integrated forestry resource management at the local level
Research and Development
  • Technology research and product development on efficient and alternate energy and housing
  • Dissemination, promotion and technology transfer
Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
  • Hazard Mapping, Vulnerability and capacity Assessments
  • Formation and strengthening of Community disaster risk management groups at the village and union council level
  • Strengthening early warning systems at the local level
  • Strengthening search and rescue mechanisms at the local level
  • Building capacities of communities, local government authorities, media in CBDRM
  • Developing emergency stockpiling at the local level
  • Building linkages of the community groups, CBDRM structures with the government, INGOs
DRR compliant Housing
  • Development and promotion of hazard resilient construction technologies in hazard prone areas of Sindh, Pakistan
  • Energy efficient low cost housing embedding components of energy conservation, replacing fired bricks with compressed earth blocks, damp proof, local material usage
  • Low cost flood resistant housing using salvage materials in the flood affected areas of Sindh Pakistan
  • Training of local artisans, skilled workforce on the features of DRR Compliant constructions
Policy Advocacy
  • Review of the national and provincial policies
  • Map the policy gaps and suggest recommendations to policy makers
  • Policy implementation dialogues with communities, relevant institutions, media and the political cadre
RDF work in the sector as of December 2011
  1. Conducted climate change scoping in Sindh province
  2. Reviewed draft national climate change policy through rigorous consultations with communities, academia, civil society and the media
  3. Developed and constructed 200 energy efficient housing units in Thatta and Karachi coastal areas
  4. Constructed more than 2000 flood resistant housing units in Thatta, Dadu, Jamshoro districts of Sindh
  5. Constructed 900 low cost housing units for the poor in district Nawabshah, TandoAllahyar and Hyderabad districts of Sindh
  6. Installed more than 3000 energy efficient cooking stoves
  7. CBDRM in 17 union councils of Dadu district is in program
  8. Organized trainings on climate change mitigation and adaptation for the civil society and media professionals
  9. Organized communities in drought affected areas of Thatta and Dadu and build their capacities in eco agriculture and water conservation technologies
  10. Demonstrated micro irrigation technologies in Thatta and Dadu districts
  11. Conducted mapping of the actors working on climate change in Sindh
  12. Compiled and published booklets on animal instincts in disasters
  13. Compiled and published book on environmental outlook of district Dadu
  14. Developed a short informative tele drama on ‘Climate and Communities’ in local language
Institutional Capacities in place
  1. Program document in place as part of strategic plan for 2011-14
  2. Experience of implementing climate change and DRR and emergency interventions
  3. Trained human resource
  4. Organizational SOPs in place
  5. Finance and HR software
  6. Strong social base in the communities
  7. Working relations with government authorities, civil society and the media
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