M&E in Times of Crisis: Lessons Learned from Emergency Flood Response in Pakistan

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About the Event

In 2022, Pakistan experienced one of the worst floods in its history, inflicting thousands of casualties, leaving millions in need of immediate and longer-term humanitarian aid, and causing billions in economic loss. This session would introduce participants to the lessons learnt on the use of M&E during the emergency response and its role in the relief efforts. We will discuss whether M&E processes were modified to be culturally sensitive to the flood victims and other stakeholders. We will examine the kind of challenges faced in developing effective M&E systems, that contribute to better informed relief efforts, in the unstable and uncertain times of crises. We will also discuss how collaborations among stakeholders during the crisis that strengthened the overall M&E process and the outcomes of relief efforts, and it can be leveraged to plan for and mitigate future crises.


Name Title Biography
Bilal Anwar Chief Executive Officer, National Disaster Risk Management Fund Mr. Bilal Anwar is an International Climate Policy and Sustainable Development Professional with a reputation as a leading technical expert, with over two decades of diverse experience in the field of climate change, disaster risk management and disaster financing. Since 17 January 2022, Mr. Anwar has been appointed as the CEO of the National Disaster Risk Management Fund, (NDRMF) registered under Section 42 of the Companies Act. In this role he is managing the federal government fund and investments on projects for disaster risk reduction activities, against natural calamities and climate-induced risks, to make Pakistan resilient against disasters. His core areas of technical expertise are climate action, climate finance, disaster risk management, in which he has worked extensively on designing, operationalisation of Climate Investment and Disaster Management Funds for Pakistan and internationally. He holds extensive management expertise in Climate Change and Carbon strategies in the corporate sector and program and operational management for donor funded based projects in several countries. During his diverse experience in the field of climate change for over twenty years, Mr. Anwar has held a number of key positions at International Climate Change and Disaster Management institutions and assisted in mobilising funds towards addressing its climate change and disaster related challenges. His earlier experiences include as General Manager- The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub, Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, successfully rolling out the technical support and climate finance mobilisation programs of worth USD 700 million in 15 countries. Also setting up of international carbon regime of CDM in the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, in Bonn, Germany and served in the private sector in UK and USA.
Muhammad Amjad Saqib Founder & Chairman of the World's Largest Islamic Microfinance, Akhuwat Originally hailing from Civil Service of Pakistan (DMG), Dr. Amjad Saqib is founder and Chairman of Akhuwat, the largest interest-free microfinance program in the world. This program has disbursed over Rs. 195 billion to around 5.7 million poor families in Pakistan and has launched Pakistan’s first free ‘Akhuwat College University’ that is open to talent from impoverished families without regard to gender, religion, or politics. He is also working as chairman Punjab Development Network (PDN) which is a network of more than 160 development and charity organizations, working for social and economic development especially in areas like clean drinking water and sanitation. He is Executive Director, Fountain house - an Institute of treatment and rehabilitation of mentally challenged people. His areas of expertise include governance, poverty alleviation, microfinance and rural development. Because of his remarkable achievements in restoring human dignity to Pakistan’s most vulnerable communities, including poor women and trans-genders, through financial inclusion, education, health care, and provision of shelter and housing, Dr. Saqib has received world-wide recognition, including “Ramon Magsaysay Award 2021”, popularly known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize”, the Islamic Economy Award by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Thomson Reuters in 2018. He is also recipient of Social Entrepreneur of the year award for 2018 by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Schwab Foundation and Commonwealth’s 31st Point of Light award by Queen Elizabeth II in 2018. He has also been awarded Life Time Achievement Award, 2014 by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Thomson Reuters, for his efforts to promote Islamic finance. President of Pakistan bestowed on him Sitara-a-Imtiaz, one of the coveted civil awards of Pakistan. He is author of nine books and an acclaimed speaker who has spoken at UN, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge.


Name Title Biography
Syed Uzair Junaid Associate Director, Research Development, CERP Syed Uzair Junaid is the Associate Director, Research Development, CERP. His interests lie in policy issues and research related to public health, nutrition, gender, employment, GIS, energy, and environment. He also serves as a technical advisor on the evaluation of market tests of maternal nutrition supplements in Pakistan. He formerly led the Women’s Mobility Program at CERP which consisted of multi-year RCT studies on the barriers to women’s labour force participation in Pakistan. He was part of CERP's team collaborating with the health department of Punjab, Pakistan in developing its emergency health policy response to COVID-19. Uzair is a Fulbright Scholarship alumnus with a degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He also has a background in banking and is an alumnus of IBA Karachi.

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