Balochistan Rural Support Programme
Start of Operations: 1991
Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) is an autonomous and not-for-profit organisation endeavouring to improve the living conditions of the poor in the rural areas of Balochistan. BRSP’s history goes back to the “Pak- German Self-Help Project” which was initiated in 1983 from a collaboration between the Federal Republic of Germany and Government of Pakistan. The project was implemented by the Local Government Department with technical support from GTZ. From 1991 to 1998 BRSP gained visible programmatic maturity and implemented a full scale Integrated Rural Development Programme in 12 districts of Balochistan, but in 1998 due to lack of resource commitment the programme was scaled down. BRSP resumed sizeable operations in 2001 with financial support from the PPAF, after it became a member of the RSPN.
BRSP aims to reduce poverty in Balochistan by harnessing people’s potential to help themselves it strives to fulfil this aim through a rigorous social mobilisation process of investing in grassroots Community Organisations (COs).
BRSP, in order to contribute to improving the quality of life of the underprovided and marginalised poor, organises and builds the capacities of communities at the grassroots level to pursue their own sustainable development agenda through an integrated sectoral need-based interventions in different thematic areas such as: Community Physical Infrastructure & Technology Development, Natural Resource Management, Health, Nutrition, Education, Water-Sanitation, Human Resource Development, Livelihood, Credit and Savings, Child Protection, Gender Advocacy, and Emergency Response .
Social mobilisation is the bedrock of all BRSP development initiatives. BRSP sees COs, VOs and Local Support Organisations at the Union Council level as indigenous and self- sustained vehicles to make organised efforts in order to improve the quality of life of the rural poor, especially those of women. The intense demand in various parts of the province for expansion of BRSP’s programmes is an encouraging indicator of its widespread acceptance by the rural poor, as well as of the untapped development potential in Balochistan.
In 2006, BRSP’s programmatic outreach was extended to four new districts namely Kalat, Killa Saifullah, Pishin and Zhob with a special focus on enhancing livestock assets and productivity under the financial sponsorship of MINFAL. In 2007, BRSP took a lead role in the relief and early recovery operations in the flood affected districts of Bolan, Chaghai, Jhalmagsi, Kharan, Khuzdar, Noshki and Washuk in partnership with the Government of Balochistan, UN Agencies and other donors. BRSP also provided effective support and services in the relief and rehabilitation of the earthquake affected population of Pishin, Ziarat and Harnai in 2008-2009.
In the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 floods that severely affected 7 districts of Balochistan, BRSP, in order to address the immediate needs of the flood-affected population in the early phase of relief commenced its Flood Emergency Relief Operation. By virtue of its geographical base and strong presence in communities, BRSP was able to start a swift operation in order to provide assistance in food, health, WASH services, camp coordination and camp management in IDP camps. The relief and early recovery activities of BRSP stretched over a period of one year, during which the flood affectees through various integrated activities were extensively assisted which restored restore their lives back to normalcy. The relief activities encompassed all the essential sectors and the organisation was able to secure funds from multiple unilateral and bilateral donor agencies. A total of 976,741 individuals from 155,480 households received direct and indirect benefits through BRSP’s efforts.
BRSP, till date, has helped foster more than 11,360 COs, 1,209 VOs and 37 LSOs. With 363 full-time professional staff members, 14 district offices and 28 field units, BRSP has been making tremendous efforts to improve the development landscape in 20 districts, 202 UCs, across Balochistan in order to support approximately 1.7 million people in their poverty alleviation efforts.
BRSP has been working with different donors since its inception, namely: PPAF, EU, KfW Bank of the Federal Republic of Germany, GTZ/GIZ, UNFPA, FAO, UK–DFID, PATRIP Foundation, USAID, MINFAL, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, UN-WOMEN, Mercy Corps, Balochistan Education Foundation, CSF, The Government of Pakistan and the Government of Balochistan.