Pakistan Post-Earthquake Saga
"The Owner Driven Housing Program"
Strategy, Implementation Modalities & Results Achieved
May 17, 2007;12:30 - 2:00 PM; Room MC 9 N300
Muhammad Waqas Hanif, Housing Program Manager
Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Government of Pakistan
The presentation will provide insights into the successful implementation of the completely owner-driven housing reconstruction program currently under implementation in Pakistan. A year and a half after the massive 2005 earthquake that hit Pakistan, more than 250,000 (60-70%) of the affected homeowners have begun reconstruction and more than 100,000 beneficiaries and construction artisans have been trained in seismic resistant housing reconstruction. Around 170,000 have been certified for seismic compliant plinth level construction and another 40,000 for successful lintel level construction. The biggest program impact has been the setting-in of a culture of voluntary seismic compliance in the reconstruction of houses in the high seismic risk zone that constitutes the project area.
The Government of Pakistan (GOP) has disbursed an unprecedented US$ 950 million in direct disbursements to the housing grant beneficiaries in the first eighteen months after the earthquake. The program is currently ahead of schedule - the Bank's Earthquake Recovery Project (ERP) supporting the housing program is close to disbursing the full credit midway through the original project duration.
Achieving these results has not been easy, especially considering the extreme climatic and terrain conditions that signify the 30,000 sq.km of mountainous terrain constituting the earthquake affected region in Pakistan. The presenter has been at the forefront of GOP/ERRA efforts to achieve such a success and would narrate the story as it has unfolded over the last year and a half. The presentation will focus on the following key aspects:
- The 5 Policy Pillars/Change Drivers - and manifestation of these in corresponding strategic frameworks
- The Three Pronged Multi-Stakeholder Training and Beneficiary Sensitization Program
- The Indigenous MIS-based Grievance Redressal System devised and operationalized for the program
- The Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation System for disaggregated union council level progress/compliance monitoring
The Results Achieved
For more information about this BBL, please contact (Jayashree Srinivasan, Ext. 84224)