Stories from the field: Balochistan
The most vulnerable bear the brunt of climate change
October 3, 2022
The recent floods have been a catalyst for the risks faced by vulnerable populations of Pakistan. The already marginalised are now exposed to even more precarious situations. Afghan refugees, notably, are already at the margin of the existing social safety nets and lack access to public services and protection mechanisms. They now remain out of the reach of most relief campaigns.
Zahida deplores ‘we don’t hold any identity cards, so we are not eligible for many food relief packages or other kinds of support.’ Amongst all, women are even more at risk: those who have taken refuge in ad-hoc refugee centres, for example, are now at higher risk of gender-based violence.
Most people living in areas affected by the floods, even if safe from the inundations, are indirectly impacted.
As part of its immediate response plan, UNDP Pakistan is rehabilitating 25 school and hospital buildings in Balochistan to help women like Sakina and Zahida and their families. The work entails repairing building damaged by floods in the districts of Nushki and Qila Abdullah.
In Balochistan, UNDP is also working on a pilot initiative allowing communities to discuss their grievances related to climate change with their elected representatives. The pilot, an innovative approach to environmental justice, becomes even more crucial as principles of inclusivity and climate resilience must from now on guide all development efforts.
As the United Nations’ lead agency on recovery and reconstruction, UNDP is also working with partners and with the Government of Pakistan on assessing the flood damage and recovery needs. Both on the short and long term, UNDP’s recovery programme aims at supporting communities to rebuild their homes, find meaningful employment and strengthen their capacity to resists the impact of future crises.
Yann Cres, Social Inclusion Senior Expert, Decentralization, Human Rights and Local Governance project, UNDP Pakistan
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