Think tanks can assist govt in organizing ‘PM’s Corona Relief Tigers’

PM’s Special Assistant on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Dr Moeed Yusuf has said that various think tanks could assist the government in organizing the ‘PM’s Corona Relief Tigers’ volunteers and their training in the light of the current crisis.

Speaking at an online meeting titled “Training of Corona Relief Tigers Force” organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Dr Moeed said that a national database containing individual level details of volunteers regarding their qualification, skills and location needs to be automated using a management information system, said a press statement issued here.

Dr Moeed Yusuf further stressed the need for a real-time dashboard which can be used to track engagement with communities.

This exercise will be important for rapid learning and will also identify any mistakes being committed, he added.

SDPI Executive Director Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that think tanks and academic institutions can mobilize their networks for providing training modules and guidelines for the volunteers as well as the trainers. Through IT-based modes such as short info-graphics and documentaries.

SDPI Joint Executive Director Dr Waqar Ahmed suggested that the government could piggyback on existing efforts by charity organizations, including Edhi. Akhuwat, Saylani trust to access the vulnerable communities.

Speaking on the occasion, economists and policy experts also suggested creating different hierarchies of the relief force at the community. District and provincial level and mobilizing volunteers based on their specific skills and training at different levels.

They highlighted that this was a good opportunity for Pakistan to analyze the shortcomings in its social protection sector. Expand its reach to marginalized communities. Who are not covered by existing social protection schemes.

During the meeting, the need for ethical training. Ensuring that the volunteers take precautions for their own safety was also highlighted. Experts identified that Pakistan’s National Scouts. Janbaz Force, Girl Guides and the networks of religious forces could be mobilized to register as volunteers.

“Registered members of these organizations and BISP’s enumerators’ network in all the districts of Pakistan. Are already trained to deal with the public. To have access to communities and would thus be very important members of the Relief Force”, they said.

The meeting highlighted that Union Council offices and prayer leaders may also be helpful with regard to identification of beneficiaries needing volunteers’ help and needs-assessment.

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