National Rural Support Programme
Rahim Yar Khan
To mobilize people’s will through the provision of social guidance, NRSP takes the following steps:
- Relying on local perceptions, a poverty profile is prepared to assess the intensity of poverty prevailing in the community that seeks social guidance.
- The willing community is introduced to the philosophy of NRSP, based on which the community organizes itself into a socially viable group called the community organization (CO). In view of the information provided by the poverty profile, an attempt is made to encourage the poor to join the CO.
- During initial interactions with the community, genuine activists, who have the ambition to support their communities in their quest to overcome poverty, are identified. The role of these activists in harnessing the willingness of the communities is of paramount significance.
- Following the identification of an activist, a micro plan for each member is developed to see what he or she is willing to do on his/her own. Along with catering to the individual needs, group level and village level needs are also identified. A thorough analysis of each is conducted in view of available resources and constraints to assigning priorities to the identified needs.
- The next step after the cost-benefit analysis is the arrangement of the desired resources to address the priority needs. These resources are pooled by the community, provided by the support organization or managed through other stakeholders like private and public sector service delivery departments, NGOs and donors.