In July 2010, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government of Australia) entered into an agreement with the Sarhad Rural Support Programme to implement a poverty reduction and community empowerment initiative for people living in border areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan. This was called the Livelihood Strengthening Programme. With financial assistance of PKR 666.4 million, the Programme has helped 196,913 populations, including in District Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda. The Programme ended in April 2013 after which it received two extensions. This document presents the Programme Completion Report for the extension phases.

>Based on its experience and knowledge of the local context in KP, SRSP designed a comprehensive Programme in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government of Australia) for the poverty stricken, downtrodden, and crisis and disaster affected communities living in districts that border with FATA. The Programme was called the Livelihood Strengthening Programme and was implemented in selected areas of three central districts of the KP Province that is, District Charsadda, Nowshera and Peshawar.



LSP intended to promote economic and social development, using the RSP’s decentralized approach to poverty reduction and community empowerment, in border areas and endeavored to build and empower communities that can articulate their demands and negotiate with the government and non-government agencies to secure their rights and improve service delivery in their areas. Its overall goal was to reduce poverty through reviving livelihoods and empowering communities in three central districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The specific objectives or components were;

  1. Empower poor/vulnerable groups, revive community collective action rebuild community institutions with the aim of setting a platform for the community to lay claims for their rights;
  2. Improve/strengthen livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, especially women in the target area; and
  3. Promote/encourage advocacy and lobbying initiatives to bolster support for the long-term strategic needs of the poor and vulnerable, particularly women, and develop the capacity of state actors in participatory approaches and community development.