SRSP was the first replication of the “Rural Support Programme” approach which was demonstrated by Shoaib Sultan Khan as General Manager of AKRSP in northern Pakistan

In 1989 SRSP was established as SRSC , as a nonprofit organization registered under the company’s act.

The first Chairman was Mr. Azam Khan, who was the Additional Chief Secretary of the Government of KP and Javed Majid became the first Chief Executive. This was in their individual capacities and not because of the government position they held. USAID was very keen to provide it with seed money. The Pressler amendment however led to early withdrawal of USAID from supporting the organization. In the early years, SRSP was able to initiate its programme in the field through the USAID and Novib funding and worked in Kohat and Charsadda. The area of work of SRSP was broadened by developing close relationship with the government and becoming a partner in the community development component of two large area development programmes i.e. Barani Area Development Project 1 in Kohat/ Karak and Abbotabad/Haripur and Mansehra Village Support Programme ( MVSP ) in Mansehra and Battagram. The programme continued with support from Novib in Charsadda. During this period up to 2,000 Mr. Durrani and Feroze Shah were the CEOs of the organization and Mr. Azam Khan and Mr. Shoaib Sultan served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2000 the creation of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund enabled SRSP to continue working in all the areas where the area development programmes came to an end. In 2001 Mr. Masood Ul Mulk was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Ms Humayun became Chairperson of the Board. They have continued in these positions since then through extensions provided by the Board. This period has seen SRSP emerge as a major player in the development sector in the province, successfully getting long term capacity support( endowment) for programmes in FATA and KP. SRSP during this period expanded to all the districts of the province and also large parts of FATA. Humanitarian Programmes became regular part of SRSP’s work after 2005 earthquake. During this period major donors like DFID, AusAid, CIDA, GIz, KFW, European Union, UN agencies like UNHCR, UNICEf and UNDP and both the federal and provincial government funded Programmes of SRSP. It has also received funding from international NGOs like ICCO, CAFOD etc. Work on education, and access to justice also became part of SRSP’s work . The government, except for a brief period from 2000 to 2004, has been represented on the Board of Directors of SRSP with the Secretary Planning and Development and DG SDU sitting on it in ex officio capacities and FATA has been represented by Secretary P and D

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