Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS)Programme
European Union (EU)
Government of Sindh, RSPN
24 Millions Euro
2016 - 2022
The rural communities of Sindh province suffer from critical socio-economic conditions which result in high prevalence of extreme and chronic poverty rates. In this context, in 2009, the Government of Sindh (GoS) launched the Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme (UCBPRP) in four districts of Sindh through the Rural Support Programmes(RSPs) working in the province. Comforted by the positive results achieved through the social mobilisation approach of RSPs to community driven development (CDD), GoS intends to scale up the programme. To support GoS in the scale up, the European Union (EU) has launched the ‘Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support’ (SUCCESS) Programme.
The EU contribution through the SUCCESS Programme builds on the UCBPRP’s experience aiming at supporting GoS in developing its local CDD policy and allowing for a wider geographical outreach and providing financial means for important impact in rural Sindh. The aim of the SUCCESS Programme is to reduce poverty through undertaking CDD based on RSPs proven social mobilisation approach. Living conditions are expected to improve by building the local social capital for better access to basic social, economic services, and income generating and diversification activities; working along with the provincial government to define the basis for formulation of a local CDD policy in light of the learning from the UCBPRP.
The centre-piece of the RSP approach is mobilisation of the poor in order to enable them to participate directly in decisions that affect their lives and prospects. The concept is to build capacities of people to organise, manage their own organisations, and increase the outreach of government and other development actors for effective supply and genuine demand. SRSO provide social guidance as well as technical and financial assistance to the rural poor based on the three-tiered approach to CDD. Community Organisations (COs) form the foundation of these people’s own institutional network.
COs are federated into Village Organisations (VOs) for planning and coordination at the village level.
At the third tier, representatives from all VOs in a Union Council (UC) form a Local Support Organisation (LSO).
The socio-economic service delivery will encompass support through Community Investment Fund, Income Generating Grants;
Capacity building of the networks of CO, VO, LSOs;
Vocational skills training;
Community Physical Infrastructure;
Health Micro Insurance;
Awareness raising about social sectors (education, health, hygiene, and nutrition);
Building linkages with local government line departments and other service providers.