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.
Developing Self-confidence of women & their ability to independently participate in social & economic activities
Community Build Infrastructure
The programme has taken proactive measures to improve delivery of basic social services through developing and improving small scale infrastructure schemes. A two pronged approach has been adopted; a) rehabilitation and improvement of government schemes predominantly in health and education b) Identification, implementation and maintenance of productive infrastructure schemes through an active role of local communities. Following successful meetings with provincial education and health departments resulting in signing separate MoUs with these two departments, EU-PEACE has been able to develop and rehabilitate education and health facilities identified in collaboration with relevant departments in Malakand Division. So far at least 131 government facilities have been rehabilitated and improved with a cost of PKR 96 million. In addition, 477 small scale infrastructure schemes improving community’s access to basic services have been initiated /completed with a cost of 760 million.
Growth of Economic Activities
PEACE is committed to ensure socio-economic development of 4,000 entrepreneurs with new business opportunities by increasing their income on a sustainable basis. A comprehensive approach entailing technical and managerial support for establishing and supporting potential value chains, small scale enterprises and entrepreneurs would be adopted. Formation of Business Interest Groups (BIGs), enhancing and refining business skills at local levels, exposure visits, orientation on markets/trends and linkages with renowned and known business development services providers are some of major achievements under this component.
306 business interest groups formed around these trades with a membership of 4,132 farmers. 3,287 farmers trained in value chain development.
Value Chain and Enterprise Development
The programme has organized over 4,132 farmers in 306 Business Interest Groups (BIGs). A total of 3,287 men and women farmers were provided with numerous trainings in value chain development. Besides Value Chain Development, the programme also provided entrepreneurial skills trainings to 3,055 members of business interest groups. Depending on nature of value chains or businesses
2,677 men and women 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. 2,825 members of BIGs under district specific value chains were identified and provided with in kind support 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.