The rural areas of Sindh are faced with chronic challenges, including the widespread impact of the 2010/11 floods, structural issues relating to land-holding patterns, low water availability, low agricultural productivity and low investment in rural economic sectors. Weak governance has further exacerbated the vulnerabilities of the population.
The project’s objective is to promote the participation of both men and women in development planning by establishing vibrant community organisations to engage actively with government in the planning and implementation of flood recovery initiatives.
- Communities have been helped to prioritise, plan, and rehabilitate/reconstruct an average of 20 community-based infrastructure initiatives in each of 6 Union Councils damaged during the 2011 floods
- Support has been provided to recover the livelihood earning assets of 600 households within each Union Council
- Community-government joint action planning has been facilitated for 120 infrastructure rehabilitation projects to address some of the impact of the floods through direct funding
Community Organisations and the staff of local administration and relevant line departments have been trained and had their capacities developed
Self-help initiatives transform Shevo Kolhi
The community of Shevo Kohli, marginalized and extremely poor till a few years ago is now in control of its own destiny, having brought about changes which have made others sit up and take notice. The residents have access to clean drinking water and a functional school. Even more importantly, they have a flood protection wall and a de-silted main irrigation channel, ensuring safety from their main threat. This is all thanks to the EU-funded rural development which revitalized its Community Organisation. So impressed were the National Rural Support Programme’s evaluators it gave Shevo Kohli an ‘A’ for its efforts.