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  • Mother and daughter using the energy efficient stove in Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan.
  • FOCUS team is helping community in GLOF at Badswat, Ishokman, Pakistan.
  • Glacier Assesment.
  • Hazard and Vulnerablity Assesment- 2011- Geologist busy in Map Verification- Ghizer, Pakistan.
  • Participants who received training on Disaster Risk Reduction are demonstrating emergency rescue activity at Experience Sharing Workshop, Chitral, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
    AKDN / Danial Shah

AKDN's activities in this area are coordinated by two programmes which form part of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH).  The Aga Khan Planning and Building Services works to address built environment issues in marginalised regions of the country while Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan conducts research and design solutions to reduce the impact of natural hazards on vulnerable communities. 

These activities include the training of Emergency Management teams, which aim to build resilience against disaster events while building the capacity of community members in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM).  The project also conducts hazard and risk assessments and works to improve risk anticipation through the establishment of an Early Warning System (EWS). 

AKAH has trained tens of thousands of volunteers for disaster response and management across Central and South Asia, and many more in the other countries in which it works.  For its work in Pakistan, it is the recipient of the Sitara-i-Eisaar award, which was conferred by the government of Pakistan in recognition of its humanitarian assistance during the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake.