Who we are
We are development and humanitarian organisation working across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the newly merged tribal districts, since 1989.
Our mission is ‘to build social capital through mobilizing communities for poverty reduction in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Newly Merged Tribal Districts’.
Sarhad Rural Support Programme( SRSP) is registered under the Company’s law as a non profit company.
SRSP is part of the rural support programme( RSP) approach to community empowerment and economic and livelihood development in Pakistan. 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. The government has been represented on its board of directors for most of its life.
At the heart of the RSP approach to development has been a simple idea that the communities living here have within them the capacity for self help. This is illustrated by the strong ties of reciprocity, social networks and many instances of collective action witnessed in our society which communities tap in times of adversity or for collective good. The RSP idea is based on the question: Can this capacity for self help be used for their development, reducing poverty and improving the quality of life of our people. The RSP’s, based on evidence and experience, are convinced that an organization which is flexible, responsive, adaptive and learning and accountable can build trust with the communities and can do this effectively. The RSPs, as catalyst organizations, are modeled to play this role.
SRSP builds both the capacity of the community leaders and organizations and works through them.
Its long run vision is to create institution of the people which are downwardly accountable to their basic members and which have the capacity to undertake development on their own initiative. All its projects and programmes are designed to have maximum community input in design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
Our vision of development is ‘to create a society, where poverty is reduced and sustainable means of livelihood are ensured’,
SRSP at a glance
As Seen in the Media
‘Govt keen to develop synergies in poverty alleviation, livelihood strategies’
The minister visited the projects being implemented by the SRSP and community organisations in Nowshera district. He was also accompanied by MPA Ibrahim Khattak. The trip was organised by the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP). The visit was paid to some villages where the Livelihood Strengthening Programme (2010 -2014) and Women Empowerment and Market Development Programme (WEEMD) funded by AusAid had operated between 2015-2019. These projects had been developed as part of government policy to involve the third sector in the development process.
EU envoy impressed by scale, outreach of grassroots development
The EU ambassador thanked the SRSP for the contribution it had made in the field because the provision of aid and accountability was important at his level but the major difference, in the end, was made by the frontline workers and functional organisations working at the grassroots levels.
Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing fighting in Pakistan’s north-west as the army continues its operation to eliminate Taleban militants. Aftab Ahmad, a programme development manager for the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in northern Pakistan, describes how it is coping with the exodus.
Organizational Structure and Presence
Since its establishment in 1989, SRSP has expanded its programme from 2 to 25 districts and all 13 tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Extensive network of grassroot institutions, deep knowledge and institutional memory of working across the province, strong multidisciplinary capacities, and credible financial, audit, monitoring and human resource systems; and a history of dedicated service is what SRSP offers to its partners..
A highly experienced voluntary Board of Directors is responsible for setting strategic direction, and holding the executive accountable for the policies it lays down.
SRSP has three tier organizational structure including Head Office, Regional/District Offices and Field Units. In addition, separate project management units/offices are also established to manage different projects/programmes. The Head Office at , Peshawar led by the CEO provides technical and intellectual backstopping support to field offices, besides ensuring quality standards,mobilizing resources for the programme, donor liaison, knowledge sharing, and overall guidance and supervision of the programme. At field level, the programme is run and managed by numerous Regional/District Offices. Each regional/district office manages number of districts within defined boundaries for attaining economy of scale and maintaining a close contact with partner communities.
The programme operates on principle of subsidiarity, in which regional units and district offices enjoy autonomy to make decisions at local level areas.