Transforming the Rural Landscape of KP & Newly Merged Tribal Districts
Who are we
Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) is the largest non-government, non-profit organization operational in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and newly merged tribal districts (erst-while FATA). It is part of family of Rural Support Programmes established to reduce poverty and ensure sustainable means of livelihoods in programme areas. Registered under the Companies act, It was established in 1989 by members of the civil society, enlightened members of the government in their individual capacities, members of the academia, media and training institutions. In 2007 SRSP also initiated a programme for community empowerment and economic development in parts of newly merged tribal districts (erst-while FATA). In recent years, due to its vast outreach in the communities, SRSP had played a prominent role in natural and human induced disasters that have hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and as a result humanitarian work alongwith development has become a core component of organizational work. Since its inception, SRSP has been working in partnership with local communities, government and private sector to promote inclusive human development, alleviate extreme poverty and reduce gender disparities in its programme areas.
Covid 19 is a humanitarian crisis that has hit every nook and corner of the world.
The SRSP’s Programme areas were no exception to this. The Humanitarian Section
developed a robust strategy to meet the needs of the communities. The Section
worked through some very difficult times, staff working at great risk to themselves to
provide assistance to the communities and to the government agencies involved in the
SRSP has been in the frontline of humanitarian assistance for communities that have been ravaged by earthquake, war, IDP crisis and floods. It builds its humanitarian programme on the deep knowledge of the area and its people that it has. It has been involved in provision of essential supplies, data generation, advocacy, rebuilding of houses and community and public infrastructure and disaster risk and mitigation. SRSP has also represented the civil society at highest policy forums related to humanitarian work.
Human Resource Development
SRSP is an important institution in the field of human resource development in the development sector in the province. It provides leadership and vocational skills trainings to communities. It has a state of the art training center based in Hayatabad in Peshawar where trainings are undertaken. It also organizes trainings for women in the field because of the mobility problems they face. The training center has a comfortable hostel attached to it
Education & Gender
SRSP is a leading producer of renewable energy in the province producing over 30 megawats of electricity through the community run small projects and social enterprise run larger projects. The larger project generate between 500 kv to 2 megawats of electricity. It has two international awards including the Green Oscar Ashden Award at London. SRSP has worked with EU, KFW, AusAid and Provincial PEDO organisation to undertake this work. SRSP is also working on solar energy particulary in pumping water to arid regions through tube wells. Climate change has hit the areas where SRSP works in a hard way and addressing community vulnerabilities is very important for the organisation so that communities can cope with the climate change thrown up issues.
Physical Infrastructure Development
Large parts of the areas where SRSP works have little access to public services because of the long geographical distances, thin spread of population and difficulties of setting up systems to address needs by public service delivery providers in such areas. SRSP has a huge portfolio is this sector which include works on irrigation water, drinking water, roads, bridges, hydro electricity generation. Thousands of families benefit from these projects . SRSP has both community built infrastructure and contractor built ones
The provision of rural financial services in an area where the spread of population is thin, state of infrastructure is poor, the livelihood nature is a subsistence oriented one and the cost of delivery is very high, is very challenging. SRSP has run micro finance with little success until an indigenized version of community banks was adopted. SRSP has also initiated a system of community investment funds which combines micro finance and social protection to the system of community banks which has been very popular among the highly conservative women.
SRSP has supported small value chains focused on poorer groups in different commodities and also addressed constraints which farmers face at different stages of the value chain. Milk, flower, meat, honey, persimmon,and olive production have been successful interventions.