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NASABA Co-Sponsors ABA Teleconference on Aid Delivery in Pakistan

August 26, 2010

We invite you to participate in an important teleconference co-sponsored by NASABA regarding providing aid during natural disasters such as the current flooding in Pakistan.

Delivery of Foreign Aid:
Lessons for Disaster Relief in Pakistan

A FREE, non-CLE teleconference (with an optional onsite component)


presented by the
Asia-Pacific Committee
of the ABA Section on International Law

September 1, 2010

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT/ 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. BST/6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CET


Register for Free Today

The devastating floods in Pakistan have displaced more than 14 million people and killed at least 1,600. In a memorandum the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warned that its capacity and that of other UN and international agencies to respond to the crisis created by the flooding was being “tested to the limits.” The situation in Pakistan highlights a critical issue in the international development sector: how can the U.S. and other members of the international community distribute disaster relief effectively and efficiently and still ensure accountability?

In view of the pending re-write of the United States Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 as well as related measures by the other countries and multilateral agencies, this program will highlight the challenges faced in disaster relief in Pakistan for flood victims in the context of such measures. The speakers will also assess the role of disaster relief efforts in building trust and meaningful partnership between the U.S. and its allies, and the impact of such efforts on development, security, and stability in the region.

The program will also discuss governance problems faced by Pakistan that impede implementation of aid and development programs, such as lack of effective local governments and lack of coordination among different branches of government and dysfunctional private/public partnerships. The panel will also address lessons that can be learned from other recent natural disasters elsewhere in the world, such as the earthquake in Haiti. The final 30 minutes of the program will feature a question and answer session with the panelists.

Individuals in the Washington Metro Area are cordially invited to join a few of the panelists and other participants during the teleconference at the Washington DC offices of Winston & Strawn.  Space onsite is limited, so please register today

Program Chairs:

Moderator Sania Khan – Vice Chair, SIL Asia-Pacific Committee
Mohammad A. Syed – King & Ballow, Nashville, TN

Speakers:

Mark Ward – Acting Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Relief, Washington DC

Shandana Khan – CEO, Rural Support Program Network, Islamabad, Pakistan

Jason P. Matechak – General Counsel, International Relief and Development, Washington DC

His Excellency Abdullah Hussain Haroon – Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations

Lt. Col. John Ricou Heaton, Defense Security Cooperation Agency., U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, DC

Co-Sponsors:

Council on International Affairs, New York City Bar
Lawyers Without Borders
North American South Asian Bar Association
SIL India Committee
SIL International Anti-Corruption Committee
SIL International Procurement Committee
SIL Middle East Committee
SIL NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee
SIL UN and International Institutions Coordinating Committee

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