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The Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) is the largest development network of Pakistan, with an outreach to over 38 million rural Pakistanis. It consists of 12 member Rural Support Programmes (RSPs) that espouse a common approach to rural development: social mobilisation. Social mobilisation centres on the belief that poor people have an innate potential to help themselves, that they can better manage their limited resources if they organise and are provided technical and financial support. The RSPs provide social guidance, and technical and financial assistance to the rural poor. RSPN is the strategic platform for the RSPs: it provides capacity building support to them, and assists them in policy advocacy and donor linkages.
RSPN is strategically positioned to work with government, donors and communities. The RSPs have a long standing relationship with the government of Pakistan, this is highlighted by the fact that 5 of RSPN’s partner RSPs have received substantial support and seed grants from the government, however they are all registered as not-for-profit organsations and are independent.
RSPNs edge is its vast outreach to rural communities through the RSPs; its strong and influential relationship with government for impacting pro-poor public policy, and its central position that brings together over 30 years of knowledge in participatory development work with Pakistan’s rural communities. RSPs are local, flexible and responsive organisations, RSPs Find localised community-based solutions to help take Pakistan’s development agenda forward.
RSPN is the largest civil society network of Pakistan, which works with over five million rural households in 115 districts of Pakistan’s four provinces, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and in five FATA areas.