PSSP Seminar in Washington DC: Addressing the Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan

IMG_0030On September 11th, 2014, researchers and policymakers gathered at IFPRI to discuss the widespread damage and displacement caused by the recent floods in Pakistan at the PSSP event, "Addressing the Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan." This seminar was chaired by His Excellency, Jalil Abbas Jilani, Ambassador of Pakistan to the US. Presentations were made by Dr. Anis Dani, former Social Scientist and Advisor to the World Bank, Dr. Paul Dorosh, Director of the Development, Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI, and Dr. Shakil Malik, Director of Psychiatric Services, National Health Service Partnership in UK. The event was moderated by Dr. Sohail Malik, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI and Chairman of Innovative Development Strategies Ltd. (IDS)

As of September 8,2014, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan reports 128 people dead, 436,499 persons affected by the floods in Punjab alone, and  325,647 acres of crops destroyed. There are additional losses in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and in Gilgit and Baltistan. This damage is likely to increase as flood water moves south through Sindh.

This only adds to the 1.02 million people displaced by the military campaign against terrorists in North Waziristan (according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (situation report number 10) as of September 2, 2014). In addition, there are also 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees residing throughout Pakistan.

These huge losses and the issue of internally displaced people (IDPs) are a matter of grave national and international concern.

For pictures, presentations and text to the Ambassador's speech from the event, please see the following links:

Addressing the Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan 

Dr. Anis Dani
former Lead Social Scientist and Advisor, World Bank
Topic: IDPs - What do we learn from previous experience?

Dr. Paul Dorosh
Director, Development Strategy & Governance Division, IFPRI
Topic: Floods and Natural Disasters in South Asia: Implications for Food Security

Dr. Shakil Malik
Director Psychiatric Services, N​ational ​H​ealth S​ervice​Partnership, ​Sussex UK
Topic: Elements of the Program for addressing the psycho-social trauma of the IDPs and its importance for social and economic development of Pakistan

Moderated by

Dr. Sohail Malik
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Chairman, Innovative Development Strategies Ltd. (IDS)

Chairperson

His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States
Text to the Ambassador's Address