Post-disaster recovery

Minister Overseas Pakistanis and HRD reaffirms its commitment to support workers and their families affected by floods in Pakistan

ILO stands in full support of the Minister, Sajid Hussain Turi, to convene Provincial Governments and Social Partners to chalk out a coordinated roadmap for recovery and reconstruction and uplifting workers and their families out of turmoil in the aftermath of devastating floods.

Press release | Islamabad, Pakistan | 20 September 2022
ISLAMABAD (ILO News)- Today the ILO Delegation led by Officer In Charge Peter Buwembo and Senior Tech Spec, Employment & Decent Work for Peace & Resilience, ILO Geneva, Mr Manzoor Khaliq met Mr Sajid Hussain Turi, Minister Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development. The minister reaffirmed the commitment of his Ministry to support workers and their families affected by floods in Pakistan. The meeting was attended by key officials of the Ministry and ILO.

ILO apprised the Minister about the ongoing Post Disaster Needs Assessment through the coordination of World Bank, the UN and EU in Pakistan. ILO being the global lead for the chapter on Employment and Livelihoods will estimate jobs lost due to floods and also the impact of floods on livelihoods and businesses. These estimates will feed into the recovery and rehabilitation programmes. The Minister lauded the efforts of the ILO and said that the Ministry will make use of the data to convene Provincial Governments and Social Partners to draw a coordinated workplan that the Ministry will support and spearhead. In this regard, the ILO will also come forth and support the Ministry in mobilising expertise and monetary resources required to execute livelihoods restoration projects.

The ILO also apprised the Minister about the various streams of floods response that will constitute the medium to long term support including Employment intensive infrastructure projects, skills and enterprise development and Employment Services.

The tripartite formation which includes the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD as a representative of Government,, Pakistan Workers Federation and Employers Federation of Pakistan also oversee and implement the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), that outlines priorities set out for the country for five years. The next DWCP-IV (2023-2027) prioritises include anchoring decent work as core to the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, and response to climate change, disasters and conflict. This policy framework will shape the strategies of the tripartite constituents and build capacities towards resilience and shock responsiveness.