Sphere Focal Point Forum

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • October 21, 2014


Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan in collaboration with The Sphere Project organized the 2014 Sphere Focal Point Forum in Bangkok from Oct 14-15. It was jointly financed by The Sphere Project, Diakonia-Sweden, Act for Peace, and CWS-P/A. As the Sphere regional partner for Asia, CWS-P/A supports the promotion and implementation of the Sphere standards through a variety of activities including this regional forum, which is the second of its kind. The first Forum took place in 2011.

“The Sphere community in Asia has grown; there are now around 11 country focal points as compared to 6 in 2011. The diverse nature of Sphere country focal points which includes organizations, academia, networks, and working groups is certainly adding a lot of value to the whole Sphere community and the focal point system in particular,” shared Shama Mall, CWS-P/A’s Deputy Director.

The Forum demonstrated the importance of promoting Sphere standards in disaster and conflict-prone situations, while increasing local ownership and creating a momentum among people who believe in the Sphere standards.

Press Release: Pakistan’s emergencies require action before problems grow

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  • October 9, 2014


Pakistan’s emergencies require action before problems grow


Matt Hackworth +1.908.420.8630

Lesley Crosson +1.212.870.2676

Marvin Parvez +92.300.826.4558

Church World Service is calling for increased assistance to 1.7 million people who are coping with losing homes, livelihoods, access to food and clean water following devastating floods, before a lack of assistance creates more complex challenges.

“We recognize Pakistan presents political challenges and its continuous struggle with natural disasters may force people to turn away,” says CWS P/A Director Marvin Parvez. “But there are still mothers, fathers and children struggling to survive. There are real people with incredible needs.”

Situation Update: Pakistan Floods 2014: Estimated Losses and their Impact

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • October 3, 2014

Estimating losses

Estimates from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) caused by floods in Pakistan which made way in early September and caused devastation in provinces including Punjab, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Sindh are indicated in the table below:



Affected population

Damaged houses

Affected villages

Affected Crops (acres)

Cattle Perished








Overall losses to Pakistan’s economy could be 14 – 15 million USD as per estimates made by the ministries of national food security and research, finance, and some economic experts.

The Sindh forest department recently said around 40,000 acres of forest area is likely to submerge in water as a result of the present floods. Recent news sources further said that estimated high flows of 700,000 to 800,000 cusecs downstream in Guddu during floods are needed for reforestation in the riverine areas. The riverine forests act as natural barriers against dykes, avert soil erosion, and break the speed of flood waters. At present, Sindh’s barrages have low to medium flood levels.

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