In 2007 the FATA Civil Secretariat developed the FATA Sustainable Development Plan in which the RSPs were seen as an important part of the strategy for the involvement of civil society in the development process in FATA. Two briefings were organized for the Governor of KP in 2007 in which the Chief Secretary KP, the Additional Chief Secretary FATA and Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan participated to discuss the extension of SRSPs to FATA. A decision was made that the RSPs would be extended to FATA with a unit being established within SRSP to do this. In 2007 the Governor of KP approved a grant of PKR 200 million for extension of Sarhad Rural Support Programmes to FATA. The objective of the endowment was to provide the institutional stability and capacity for the Rural Support Programmes to deliver programmes on a long term basis in the area. With the seed money, SRSP extended its programme in Kurram and FR Peshawar. However, SRSP and CIDA collaborated to take the programme to scale through investment of additional resources for feeding into the larger whole-of-government’s FATA Sustainable Development Plan. The agreement materialized in October 2009 with contribution of 3 million Canadian Dollar from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Moreover, SRSP’s partnership with UNHCR and GIZ has given it the required support for expanding its programme in other parts of FATA including Mohmand, Orakzai and South Waziristan Agencies.
Our initiatives in FATA mainly include; community mobilization, organization and strengthening of the local social capital, community physical infrastructure, improving access of communities to social sector services and sustainable livelihoods, entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment; and advocacy for pro-poor development. Alongside, development initiatives SRSP has also facilitated affected communities with humanitarian aid and rehabilitation efforts. A brief is as below;
Brief of Projects
FATA Integrated Area Development Project Partner: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Duration: 4 years (2009-2013) Agencies: Kurram Agency and FR Peshawar Outreach: 121,300 populations
With the seed money provided in July 2007, SRSP extended its programme in Kurram and FR Peshawar. To further strengthen the initiatives; SRSP collaborated with CIDA to take the programme to scale through investment of additional resources for feeding into the larger whole-of-government’s FATA SDP. The programme is based on 5 components including community institution building, community infrastructure, social sector services, strengthening livelihoods and policy advocacy for influencing pro-poor policy.
Relief Assistance for IDP Partner: UNHCR and Own Resources Duration: From 2010 till date Agencies: South Waziristan, Mohmand and Orakzai Agencies
The programme with the assistance of UNHCR provides SRSP with the required outreach in the communities where it is engaged in shelter construction, non-food items distribution and the registration of those returning home after displacement. In South Waziristan Agency (SWA), we are helping communities rebuild small-scale infrastructure schemes e.g., drinking water supply schemes, irrigation channels etc. from own resources.
Developmental Initiative for Refugee Affected Hosting Areas Partner: GIZ Duration: From 2012 till date Agencies: Mohmand Agency
Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) and the GIZ (RAHA) partnered to promote, develop and rebuild communities in areas that have hosted, or still continue hosting Afghan Nationals. These have been short-term projects that have enhanced greater social cohesion in communities, resumed access to critical infrastructure schemes and social sector services and have established livelihood opportunities for many. In Mohmand Agency, SRSP helped communities to rebuild small-scale infrastructure schemes e.g., drinking water supply schemes, irrigation channels, protection wall and street pavement etc.
Rural Livelihood & Community Infrastructure Project Partner: FATA Secretariat Duration: 2 years (2013-2015) Agencies: Bajor, Mohmand and South Waziristan Agencies
This project is a continuation of the government efforts to introduce community run-programme in the region which are facilitated by an indigenous organization which has credibility and is professionally run. The overall objective of the project is to develop and strengthen local communities for reviving collection action, enhancing social cohesion and increasing grass roots representation in participatory planning and implementation. Project has been started in June, 2013. Staff has been identified, screened and recruited. Moreover, NOC has been also received from FDMA for the project activities in the three agencies. Under the project, three model villages have been identified for the project interventions.