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Pakistan: International Assistance

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate has been made of the number of humanitarian (a) groups and (b) workers operating in Peshawar; and what recent assessment has been made of their capacity to meet the need for humanitarian assistance in that region. (281906)

There are approximately 55 international humanitarian agencies working in the North West Frontier Province supporting those displaced by conflict. Many of these agencies have staff based in or visiting Peshawar, but most are primarily based in Islamabad. The Department for International Development (DFID) has not made an estimate of the number of humanitarian workers based in Peshawar as it is not an effective indicator of humanitarian capacity for operating in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) more generally.