Sarhad Rural Support Program
Sarhad Rural Support Program SRSP is a non profit/non government organization working in North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. It was established in 1989 as the first replication of "livelihood centered" Rural Support Programme (RSP) approach to rural development which had been successfully demonstrated in the northern mountain regions of Pakistan. At the heart of RSP approach is the idea that communities have an ability for self help which has enabled them to survive in harsh environments. A catalyst organization is needed to provide them with technical and material support and social guidance to bring out the latent abilities in the communities. The USAID provided SRSP initial seed money and its board of directors included eminent people from the civil society and civil services. Shoaib Sultan Khan the founder of the RSP movement was inspirational in establishing it. The withdrawal by USAID because of Pressler amendment created numerous teething problems for the organization. But support from Novib and Government of NWFP’s decision to assist it by making it a partner in the two large area development projects (MVSP and Barani one) helped in establishing it on a firm footing. After 2000 SRSP has been supported by the World Bank funded Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. It has also worked with USAID, DFID, CIDA, SDC. It is a partner with the government of NWFP in the Asian Development Bank funded Barani Two Project and The DFID funded Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSSP), Learning for Life a British NGO extends support to it in education. During the Earthquake of 2005 SRSP emerged as a major player and almost thirty international bilateral donors and NGO’s worked with it. SRSP’s competencies are in the field of Community development, Participatory Infrastructure, Social Sector, Gender and Development, Education, Human Resource Development, Micro Finance, Insurance, Micro enterprise development and Natural Resource Management.