Mobile one-stop shops help recover lost IDs in Pakistan

28 Jan 2011

Women line up to receive free
legal services including IDs in
mobile one-stop shops.
(Photo: UNDP Pakistan)

“I feel that I lost evidence of my existence as my house collapsed. I had to re-establish my identity.” Gul Pari, a 30-year-old single mother of five in the district of Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province

Islamabad - Mobile one-stop shops offering free legal services have travelled across some of the most remote but accessible flood-hit areas and so far helped 3,850 people reclaim identity papers and other essential documents washed away during the floods.

Twenty UNDP-run units have helped vulnerable communities, including women and Afghan refugees in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Paktunkhwa to prepare papers and present them at government offices for reissuing of lost documents.

Among the most essential papers are birth, death and marriage certificates, property records and education certificates. Government-issued identity cards act as verification for any claim for flood-related assistance.

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