SRSP is all about the people it works with. Their capacities, leadership, incomes, quality of life, resilience, empowerment. Volunteers are identified within the community who are provided with opportunities for leadership development to become the champions of this process and to take it forward.
SRSP works across KP and FATA , an area which is culturally diverse and where livelihood patterns and needs and problems differ.
SRSP has a bottom up approach to community development. At the lowest level SRSP builds community organizations of both men and women. The capacity of these organizations to plan, organize, raise and manage resources, implement projects, resolve conflicts is painstakingly built through trainings, exposure visits , learning events and conferences. All projects of SRSP are implemented through community involvement, thus making the projects an important tool for group capacity building. The community organizations are federated at the village and Union level to form Village and Local Support Organisations, respectively. All these organizations are built on the concept of downward accountability to their base members. SRSP believes that once people are organized they will have a “voice” and would be in a position to engage with the government and improve both the quality of governance and of service delivery.
SRSP is committed to gender equality and women organizations are formed to provide women, who are the marginalized segment of the community, with greater public space and through them to address both the practical and strategic gender needs. One third of the organizations formed by SRSP are women organizations.
Staffs are trained to understand local context and to develop their activities and interventions by minimizing conflict, promoting inclusive development and addressing local needs.
SRSP believes that the community institutions are the nursery for democratic values and democratic development. An awareness of human rights and democratic principles are important part of community leadership training. In hierarchical societies, these institutions introduce new norms and values which contribute towards positive change and equitable development.
Equity is a value cherished by SRSP. In all activities extra efforts are made to bring the marginalized segments into the project fold. The poverty score card and community perception and ranking tools are used to identify the poorest and target certain project activities at these groups.
Large parts of the area where SRSP works have been affected by conflict. Staffs are sensitized about these issues and learn how to operate in these areas and to build harmony within communities and rebuild communities torn apart by conflict or natural disasters.
Besides learning the art of social mobilization, the staff of SRSP is trained in the principles of community based disaster management. In view of its outreach and presence in communities SRSP has been repeatedly called upon to contribute to relief, humanitarian and early recovery work.