Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) At a Glance

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.

Vision & Mission

The vision is ‘to create a society, where poverty is reduced and sustainable means of livelihood are ensured’, and the mission is ‘to build social capital through mobilizing communities for poverty reduction in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Newly Merged Tribal Districts’.

Organizational approach, values, belief & culture

SRSP fosters communities, raises awareness, gives them voice, empowers them to access quality services and bring change in the inequitable political and social structures that marginalize them. SRSP is committed to change but it believes that change is only sustainable if it has wider ownership of all major stakeholders in the society. SRSP works on a scale and it believes that the issues of poverty can only be addressed by working on a scale to create an impact. SRSP believes that the government has the largest outreach and resources to address issues of poverty. It therefore goes the extra mile to work with government. But this is never done at the expense of its autonomy and independence. SRSP does not have a project approach to development rather it believes that in complex environments and chaotic situation with poor information, in which it operates, an organizational/process approach to development works best. So, it builds both the programmes and organizational structures necessary to implement them through interactions and learning in the field rather than following a rigid blue print approach. The trust and relationship with communities is maintained through retaining core staff on long term basis even after projects/programmes are concluded.

SRSP is a learning and adaptable organization which believes iteration and learning from the field and an adaptive management enables it to deal with the complex environment in which it operates. Experiences from field are shared at national, regional & International levels (e.g. UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, Australia, USA, Austria, Middle East or UN humanitarian forums) to further enhance development effectiveness. These efforts have been widely recognized and SRSP is recipient of multiple prestigious awards including Ashden Awards, UK, Energy Globe Awards, Austria, Energy Excellence Award UK, Education Excellence Award, UK etc. SRSP has been an active member of major national and international networks. SRSP is a gender sensitive organization and is committed to gender equality and has put in place a gender policy which ensures that all of its staff and communities irrespective of their gender have equal opportunities and benefit from its programmes and activities.

SRSP has built an endowment through its own efforts & well-earned assistance from Federal and Provincial governments. The one-time endowment fund has developed SRSP’s long-term capacity to deliver need-based projects/programmes in KP and tribal districts. SRSP recognizes government as an important partner in development though in its work with government independence and autonomy of the organization is preserved. In its work, SRSP is aware of and sensitized to cross cutting issues, which can be seen in its initiatives at field level. From poverty to participation, women inclusion, and undertaking environment sensitive initiatives are all live examples of its conscious efforts to support and promote sustainable development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and newly merged tribal districts.

Presence, Outreach & Partners in Development

Since its establishment in 1989, SRSP has expanded its programme from 2 to 25 districts and all 13 tribal areas (details at statistical brief). Extensive coverage in all districts, strong presence at local level and network of established offices are few comparative advantages of SRSP. The expansion of the programme and outreach is attributed to various international donors to initiate & implement projects and programmes worth USD 330 million. SRSP development landscape and partners in development are presented here;

SRSP Team

SRSP key strengths include a highly skilled and motivated core team that brings long-years of national and international experience and has an inherent capacity to respond to challenges related to rural development/humanitarian issues in fragile and complex environments. Adhering to professional integrity and excellence, the team led by Chief Executive Officer, is placed at three levels including Head Office, Regions/Districts and Sub-District/Tehsil. The programme operates on principle of subsidiarity, in which regional units and district offices enjoy autonomy to make decisions at local level. The development inputs received by partner communities are need based & channelled through community based institutions. SRSP as a whole has a track record of planning, implementation, management, steering, & monitoring and evaluation of community driven development initiatives

SRSP Board of Directors
SRSP’s Board has a strategic function in providing the vision, mission and goal of the organization. The Board also has the responsibility of developing governance system entailing policies and procedures to guide actions of the organization and its professionals. SRSP’s Board, comprising 20 enlightened members, is a balance mix of representatives from public and private institutions, press/intelligentsia, academia, agriculture and industries. Periodically the Board interacts with the CEO and management during quarterly held meetings of the Board of the Directors. In the interim between these meetings, the Board is kept informed through phone conferences, E or postal mail. For smooth functioning of SRSP, the Board also has constituted numerous committees including Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Audit Committee. In matter of urgency, emergency and high priority matters, the Executive Committee on behalf of the Board is authorize to sanction approvals to ensure smooth operation of SRSP. The Finance Committee on the other hand is responsible for thrashing out all financial matters of SRSP. Reviewing and approval of annual budgets, investments, & key sectoral allocations are some of the major responsibilities of this committee. The Audit Committee is responsible to ensure transparency and accountability and is in-charge of auditing processes to keep a close check on matters involving financial transactions. Profiles of selected Board members can be seen here;

Mrs. Munawar Humayun Chairperson, BoD Mr. Alamzeb V-Chairperson, BoD Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan, Director BoD Mr. Azam Khan, Director BoD
Dr. Parveen Azam Khan, Director BoD Mr. Rahim Ullah YusufZai, Director BoDi Mrs. Maryam Babar, Director BoD Mr. Naimatullah Abid, Director BoD
Mrs. Farah Khan, Director BoD Mr. EhsanUllah Khan, Director BoD Mr. Ayaz Khan, Director BoD Mr. Mian Javed, Director BoD
Masood Ul Mulk, Chief Executive Officer, SRSP

Masood Ul Mulk is a renowned development practitioner and a leading expert on Humanitarian Aid in Pakistan. He is currently heading Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP). Masood pursued academic studies and professional courses from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Wye College UK, University of York and American University, Washington. He has also been a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, USA. Masood has served in the development field for over 34 years. Under his leadership, SRSP has seen growth in terms of expansion, outreach, funding, donors and partners and recognition at provincial, national and international levels. Following earthquake of 2005, Masood oversaw the relief work of SRSP followed by reconstruction of 62,000 houses and facilitation of over 5 million IDPs in 2009-10 crisis. Masood was also invited to represent Civil Society of Pakistan in 2009 at the Presidency and also was a lead speaker at UN Humanitarian Appeal that year. Under Masood’s leadership, SRSP has won prestigious Ashden Award, UK Energy Initiative Award, Energy Globe Award for increasing energy access of poor and vulnerable to renewable and sustainable energy. In private capacity, Masood has worked with renowned international organization including UK DfID, SDC, UNDP, FAO, IUCN, IIED, IFAD, ICIMOD and others. Masood is regularly invited as leading speaker at national/international forums to share his experiences of development work in fragile, harsh and complex environments of KP and FATA. He also serves on Boards numerous organizations. He is also author of several papers published internationally. Acknowledging his efforts, the President of Pakistan Awarded him with Tamgh-e-Imtiaz (highest Civil Award) for his tremendous work in socio economic uplift of poor and marginalized areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and newly Merged Tribal Districts..

Management Team SRSP

Programme Manager,
Monitoring & Evaluation

Programme Manager,
Operations & DHP

Programme Manager,
Finance & Accounts

Programme Manager,
Internal Audit

Programme Manager,
HR & Administration

Programme Manager,
Social Sector & GI

Team Leader,
Engineering

Team Leader,
Social Mobilization

Team Leader,
C. Social Responsibility

Team Leader,
Micro Finance

Systems and Procedures

SRSP relies on well-established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that have been tested, audited and further developed as a result of SRSP’s extensive engagement with various donors and public sector projects and programmes. SRSP policy manuals including Gender Policy, HR Policy & Procedures, Procurement Policy, Whistle Blowing Policy, Anti Sexual Harassment Policy, Child Rights Policy, Protection of Environment Policy, Anti Money Laundering Policy are documented while SOPs for all major areas of operations are available and are upgraded on regular basis. As a compliance protocol for contracts and agreements, renowned agencies and organization e.g. GIZ, UNICEF, UNHCR, PCP, USAID and KPMG have reviewed and certified SRSP’s systems for management and internal controls. As a regulatory/legal requirement, SRSP’s financial records are independently audited through renowned chartered accountant firms on an annual basis, while a robust system for internal quality assurance (QA) further ensures that SRSP adheres to highest standards for project/programme management. Following International Standards, SRSP has also developed oracle based financial management system, which can provide real time information of updated record with a click of a button. To further ensure transparency & accountability, practical steps to adopt ERP system across board have been taken and in coming year SRSP would have state of the art and most modern Enterprise Resource Planning system to integrate various organizational functions and provide requisite information at multiple levels and to partner organizations.

Monitoring & Evaluation

The Planning Monitoring Evaluation and Research Section at SRSP has multiple roles of monitoring progress and performance of projects and programmes implemented by SRSP in its programme areas. The section also undertakes internal assessments for informed decision making and improving/refining policies, strategies and field interventions. In addition, it also facilitates external evaluations for a true reflection of programmatic interventions. An integral part of the system is to conduct research studies, mainly, related to rural development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/Tribal Districts and share with all major stakeholders.

Roles & Functions

Coupled with quantitative and qualitative base lines surveys and studies, comprehensive monitoring plans are developed at onset of respective projects/programmes. Requisite databases are developed for monitoring progress/performance and informed decision making at all levels. Internal/self-evaluations and research studies are regularly conducted and external evaluations are facilitated for assessing impact of the programme.

Values & Key Features

Learning and participation is encouraged as an integral part of organizational culture. SRSP invests in developing skills and expertise of M & E professionals. Critical feedback is ensured to further refine quality of information. Maintaining/producing gender bifurcated data facilitates in equitable allocation of resources. Incorporating quality factors & cross cutting themes across all sectors are ensured to make SRSP a responsive organization.

SRSP M & E system is operational at three- Head Office, PSU/District & Community- levels.

M & E at Head Office Level….. read more

M & E at PSU/District Level….. read more

M & E at Community Level….. read more

SRSP Contribution to SDGs

Annual Reports and Financial Statements