The project is launched under START Network with support from DFID through its Disasters Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP).
To promote decentralized approaches towards humanitarian response in terms of capacity building and improving the quality and pace of response, this is one of the most ambitious projects launched by the START Network for the countries at risk of natural disaster or conflict related humanitarian emergencies.
The project aims at building a collaborative approach towards surge capacity amongst the agencies in the humanitarian sector. The collaboration is not restricted to merely INGOs rather it includes other stakeholders including the United Nations, private and public sectors as well as the academic institutions.
Among the consortium members for Pakistan chapter of the project include ActionAid, Save the Children, Action against Hunger, Care International, Plan International, Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief, Tear fund and International Medical Corps. The project is being led by ActionAid Pakistan and it will prolong to three years till 2017.
The project has passed through its inception phase as the stakeholders held various meetings, consultations and an inception workshop too. So far, it has registered a widescale ownership by all the stakeholders who pledge to take it to soaring heights.
The project enshrines in itself a very basic concept of enhanced collaboration among all stakeholders which will be ascertained through sharing resources, policies and planning documents. The project will help the stakeholders and the communities to scale up localized surge capacity.
Further, Transforming Surge Capacity Project includes setting up a shared roaster which will be comprised of concerned government departments, private sector, NGOs and academia. Availability of financial and human resources will play a leading role in success of the roaster.
Last but not the least; the project conceives setting up surge pilots at different levels with the government, academia, local partner, private sector and the UN. Moreover, it seeks knowledge development and innovations with a particular stress on realistic and evidence based planning.