Balochistan is one of the four provinces of Pakistan and the largest in terms of land area forming the south-western region of the country. It is the least developed province but rich in energy and mineral resources meeting more than 40% of Pakistan’s energy needs while half of its own inhabitants do not have electricity. Of the estimated 14 million inhabitants, over 70% live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and livestock for their livelihood, suffering however from water shortages, frequent droughts, and poor agricultural practices, which has multiplied manifold the vulnerability of the rural communities, especially women and children. Consistent depletion of water resources and absence of storage systems such as small dams turned it into an arid wasteland, and more than half of the population lives below the poverty line. The fishery sector has huge potential, but suffers from constraints caused by poor treatment and conservation, and poor infrastructure. Average household incomes are low as alternate livelihoods means are limited.
The five-year Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment Programme (BRDCEP) is being implemented by three implementing partners, namely RSPN, NRSP and BRSP in 249 Union Councils of eight districts of Balochistan. The programme focuses on empowering citizens and communities and providing them with the means to implement community-driven socio-economic development interventions.
- Support the Government of Balochistan in its efforts to reduce the negative impact of economic deprivation, poverty and social inequality, environmental degradation and climate change.
- Develop opportunities by building and empowering resilient communities to participate actively in identifying and implementing socio-economic development activities on a sustainable basis in partnership with local authorities.
- Empower citizens and communities and enable them to implement community-driven socio-economic development interventions.
- Allow affected communities an increased voice and capability to influence public policy decision-making through active engagement with local authorities for quality, inclusive, and equitable service delivery, and civic-oversight.
- Establishment and empowerment of a three-tiered participative system of federated Community Organisations (COs) at community, village and UC levels capable of development needs identification & prioritisation, development planning, resource mobilisation, and execution, and operation & maintenance of community infrastructures.
- Increased capacity of citizens, communities, and marginalised groups, particularly women, to assert their rights and hold local authorities accountable by engaging them in joint participatory development planning and execution for a more relevant and efficient public service delivery.
- Improved accesses of communities, particularly women and marginalised groups, to quality public services and benefit from climate-resilient community infrastructures and productive assets planned implemented and maintained jointly with local authorities.
- Increased number of poor community members, particularly women and marginalised such as Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), minorities, and socially excluded groups are engaged in income generating activities.
- Experiences on the ground are assessed and disseminated in order to inspire the design of the building blocks of a Local Development Policy framework.
- Gender inequalities reduced through ensuring implementation of the recommendations from the gender mainstreaming strategy to be developed by the EU TA with support from the RSPs.
- Cross-cutting themes envisaged in the Balochistan Rural Development & Community Empowerment (BRDCEP) Programme mainstreamed, addressed, and effectively reported.
- Improved capacity of elected members, local government authorities’ staff, and officials of the line departments to involve communities in planning, co-resourcing and managing local development activities.