Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE) workshop

Workshop: Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE) workshop

Date: October 31, 2017

Venue: Serena Hotel, Islamabad

Guest Speakers: Lt. Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Ms. Caroline Birch – European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Heli Uusikyla – Head of Office – United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (OCHA), Mr. Mohammed Qazilbash – Oxfam Country Director/Pakistan INGO Humanitarian Forum, Mr. Mohammad Ammad – Chairperson – National Humanitarian Network (NHN-Pakistan)

Summary: Transparency International Pakistan in collaboration with Transparency International conducted a workshop on “Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies CREATE workshop on October 31, 2017 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

Last year, Transparency International in partnership with Group URD and Humanitarian Outcomes, embarked on four case studies developed under the Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE).

The objective of the studies was to produce an evidence base concerning the risks on aid integrity, in particular corruption risks, as well as prevention and mitigation measures, in relation to the implementation of humanitarian assistance in four complex operational settings: Afghanistan, the response to Ebola in Guinea, southern Somalia, and operations to assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The synthesis report of the case studies was published in July 2017.

The stakeholders’ workshop was organized to discuss the findings and recommendations of the synthesis report and explore future actions that could be collectively initiated to strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity of humanitarian operations in the region. The participants from local and international humanitarian organizations attended the workshop to contextual the findings of the report in the Pakistani context.

In the breakout discussion session, the participants engaged in extensive dialogue to deliberate ways to improve their collaborative efforts in transparency, accountability and efficiency in preventing corruption in humanitarian aid.