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Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is an international group of agencies established in Europe, North America, South and Central Asia to complement the provision of emergency relief, principally in the developing world. It helps people in need reduce their dependence on humanitarian aid and facilitates their transition to sustainable self-reliant, long-term development. Focus Humanitarian Assistance is an affiliate of the AKDN.

To contact Focus, please see the Contacts for Focus Humanitarian Assistance page.


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Aga Khan Visits UNHCR Headquarters to Discuss Enhanced Cooperation
06 November 2015 - His Highness the Aga Khan, visited UNHCR headquarters today to meet UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and discuss past and future cooperation in emergency operations around the world.

FOCUS Pakistan responds to flooding in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan
04 August 2015 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) has been providing relief to villages in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, which have been affected by devastating floods resulting from monsoon rains and glacial outbursts.

Regional Conference on Climate Change-Induced Hazards and Coping Mechanisms in Tajikistan
21 July 2015 - Intense heat in Tajikistan has led to an unusually rapid snowmelt this summer, causing floods that have destroyed schools, shops, crops, roads and power lines. To examine the effect of climactic changes on vulnerable Tajik populations, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), in collaboration with the Government of Tajikistan, will host a regional conference on Climate Change-Induced Hazards and Coping Mechanisms on 26 August 2015, at The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.

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Founded in 1994 by the Ismaili Muslim community under the guidance of His Highness the Aga Khan, FOCUS has offices in Europe, North America, South and Central Asia. It has worked largely in South and Central Asia and Africa, but has also operated in a number of other locations, including the Middle East.

FOCUS's affiliation with the AKDN enables smooth transitions from disaster assistance to long-term development. FOCUS also works with numerous like-minded agencies and donor partners, including government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, as well as corporations that share an interest in helping affected communities reduce their dependence on humanitarian assistance and facilitating the transition to self-reliance. Please see our Partners page for a list for partners.

FOCUS’ expertise ranges from providing relief and assistance following landslides, earthquakes, cyclones, floods and disease epidemics. It has also undertaken successful resettlement programmes for displaced families and extended relief and recovery support for communities making the transition to development.

In addition, FOCUS has over a decade’s expertise in fostering disaster-resilient communities and developing methods and training for disaster risk management, from natural hazard risk assessment to mitigation and preparedness in some of the world’s most challenging terrain, including the mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan and the coastal plains of the Indian subcontinent.

Over the last decade, FOCUS has been working in Afghanistan, East Timor, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Zanzibar.

Some of FOCUS’ recent endeavors include:

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