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Pakistan formally launches MIRA guidelines

Humanitarian Coordinator, Neil Buhne, presents at the MIRA launch. Seated are Brig Mukhtar Ahmed (left) and Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat, both from NDMA.

On Monday 31 July 2017, at a well-attended launch at the Prime Minister’s office in Islamabad, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) formally adopted the multi-sector initial rapid assessment (MIRA) guidelines into its disaster management system for assessment of the priority needs and guide the timely coordinated action.  

The globally recognized MIRA approach will help in assessing the scale and magnitude of disaster and timely strategic decision making during a disaster. In addition, the adopted MIRA guidelines should improve assessments carried out during a disaster to determine the needs of the most vulnerable population - women especially. Gender considerations are mainstreamed in the assessment methodology and every assessment team will consist of both men and women enumerators.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) developed the MIRA guidelines in collaboration with OCHA, and will continue to play a leading role in managing and coordinating disaster management in Pakistan.

The MIRA approach has been customized to Pakistan’s context to allow for a more localized approach by increasing the involvement of district disaster management authorities. There is also greater potential  for engaging local NGOs, girl/boy scouts and volunteers. The United Nations and international humanitarian partners will  provide technical expertise and support to NDMA in capacity building and implementation of MIRA.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
03 Aug 2017
Document type: 
Key Messages
Information Management
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Needs Assessment