The Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) aims to strengthen knowledge management in the humanitarian sector thereby ensuring a continuously improving humanitarian response. It will also contribute to the 2030 Development Agenda and the humanitarian and development nexus.

A defining feature of the PELP will be its ability to demonstrate how the DFID-funded Multi Year Humanitarian Programme (MYHP) is contributing to wider and sustainable impact. The approach taken will follow an iterative process where learning and adaptive management are at the core.

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PELP is being implemented by UNITAR and funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The PELP will initially be linked to the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, and gradually be transferred to a national entity or entities ensuring longer term sustainability.

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What is PELP?

Humanitarian disasters are an unfortunate reality of the world in which we live, with some countries exposed much more than others. Through its Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme (MYHP) 2014-2019, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has been providing humanitarian assistance to Pakistan and supporting 2-3 million people affected by natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes and droughts, as well as over 1 million internally displaced persons from conflict and other complex emergencies. The overarching objective of the MYHP is to reduce the impact of humanitarian disasters.

The Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) is an important component of the MYHP that intends to strengthen knowledge management processes and achieve concrete results by ensuring that knowledge is captured, shared, and utilized for the benefit of the humanitarian system in Pakistan. The PELP seeks to increase the accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian system through three interconnected and mutually reinforcing components:

  • A Knowledge Hub and Learning Solutions
  • Third Party Monitoring
  • An Innovation Grant Mechanism

This combination of elements is a relatively unique approach, with other comparable platforms in the humanitarian sector tending to focus on one or the other of the elements but not in combination.

While the PELP will initially be linked to the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office, the platform is grounded in the principle of local ownership and engagement. A key feature of the PELP is its transfer to a national entity or entities that will ensure sustainability in the long term.

PELP Implementing Partners

The PELP will operate through a network of implementing partners, to be selected on a competitive basis and in accordance with other applicable rules. The selection process will include the identification of a suitable ‘host’ institution with the capacity to house and manage the main functions of the PELP as well as to maintain partnerships. The implementing partners will be drawn from a mix of organizations including national and international NGOs, academia and consulting companies.

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