Goals and Objectives
SRSP with the financial help of EU, is undertaking developmental projects of large scale in the Militancy hit Malakand Division. Malakand Agency has not only been hit by militancy but also by natural disasters inhibiting the area's true potential. Under PEACE SRSP is making a difference in this area by undertaking different infrastructure, social and economic activities.
Owned by the communities and undertaken by SRSP, these projects consist of
- Electricity Generation by using the enormous water-based electricity generation potential of the area.
- Establishing a representative system of Community Organizations to take ownership of the projects.
- Improvement of Community Infrastructure (CPI) and Basic Social Services.
- Ensuring social and financial independence of women by providing them an equal opportunity in the process.
- Generating Economic activities by identifying growth factors.
PEACE is developing renewable energy in remote locations through setting micro hydro units ranging from 50 KW and up-to 2MW.
Participatory system ensures economic and social empowement of Women within the cultural context of the area
Details of Capacity Building Programs (women trained in Nos.)
Besides providing basic Literary and Numerical skills to over 6000 women through establishment of 240 Adult Literacy Centres, the programme will develop managerial, entrepreneurial and livelihood skills of over 14,000 women.
It is imparting Literary and Numerical skills to over 6000 women in 240 adult literacy centers.
In Malakand, patriarchy, low literacy rates, limited space for public activities, lack of access to resources and services all render women the most disadvantaged segment of society. The process of community mobilization, which sets up women organizations along with men organizations, is the first step towards providing space and defining a role for women in the development process. These institutions help build women’s group capacity and are an initial step in addressing their practical and strategic gender needs. PEACE is committed to promoting greater gender equality and giving women a larger share in social life. With the objective of promoting women's access to livelihoods, the action has identified a set of activities which are being undertaken with women to build their personal and group capacities to manage diversified livelihood resources related to an economy that is fast becoming monetized. One important feature of these activities is the literacy and numeracy skills training for women alongside their economic empowerment. By of end of project, 6,000 women would be provided with basic literacy and numeracy skills besides building the livelihood and entrepreneurial skills of 6,000 women. The skill trainings would be supplemented by provision of tool kits or livelihood resources, which would be extended to 6,000 poor women. The programme will also provide leadership and managerial skills to 2,000 women leaders beside producing 200 master trainers in different fields.
The fourth component of PEACE project corresponds to increase in self-confidence of women and their ability to independently participate in social and economic activities.
Community Build Infrastructure
By the end of March, 2018, SRSP plans to complete 643 community managed infrastructure projects and social sector services benefiting over 144,000 households. Under this specific component, SRSP followed a two pronged approach to improve basic social services; a) rehabilitation and improvement of government schemes predominantly in health and education in collaboration with public institutions and b) Identification, implementation and maintenance of productive infrastructure schemes through an active role of local communities. Following this approach, EU-PEACE has over achieved the target and initiated 659 infrastructure schemes with a cost of PKR 900 million with public institutions and local communities. This comprises 139 government facilities and 520 communities’ based small scale infrastructure schemes. These infrastructure schemes have enhanced access of 177,937 households (over 1.3 million populations) to basic social services in all 7 districts. Following RSPs approach, operation and maintenance committees have been constituted and their capacities enhanced in maintaining these schemes. The district and type wise details are presented in the following tables
Growth of Economic Activities
The fifth component of SRSP-EU PEACE programme relates to the growth of economic activities, where SRSP would be facilitating 4,000 farmers/producers in Malakand division.
In this regard, SRSP has adopted a comprehensive approach for establishing and supporting potential value chains, small scale enterprises and entrepreneurs under PEACE programme. Formation of Business Interest Groups (BIGs), enhancing and refining business skills at local level, exposure visits, orientation on markets/trends and linkages with renowned and known business development services providers are few major achievements under this component. So far the programme has been able to organize over 4,320 farmers (414 women) in 321 (30women) Business Interest Groups (BIGs). A total of 3,699 (814 women) farmers were provided with numerous trainings in value chain development. Depending on nature of value chains or businesses, at least 2,975 (324 women) farmers/producers were exposed to major provincial and national markets besides developing their linkages with Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs), which has improved and refined products as per national and international standards. District specific value chains based on agro climatic suitability and comparative advantages of respective areas have been identified and supported under the programme.
Community Institution Building and Youth Development
The crux of the RSP approach is to empower and strengthen the capacities of the people through organizing collective action to improve their social and economic environment. This collective capacity is created through the formation of broad member-based participatory organizations of the citizens. These are democratic institutions for local self-government, essential for building the capacity of the people to create, expand and improve their own communities.
Formation of 11,273 women community based organizations with 68,272 members is a major achievement.
During PEACE project, SRSP is committed to nurture and strengthen 12,000 community based organizations at various levels i.e. settlement/muhallah , village and union councils, which would be supplemented by developing a trained cadre of master triniers/resource persons besides enhancing managerial and leadership skills of over 50,000 community members and exposing them to best practices and experience sharing workshop.One of the important elements of the component is investment in youth which will have a high rate of return and youth development activities can immensely contribute in refining social, creative, cognitive and emotional skills. This investment in long run is envisaged to contribute in developing youth (30% of total population of Malakand Division) to be responsible citizen of Pakistan.