SUCCESS is a six-year long (2015-2021) programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by Rural Support Programmes (RSPs; network of national NGOs) in eight districts of Sindh, namely: Kambar Shahdadkot, Larkana, Dadu, Jamshoro, Matiari, Sujawal, Tando Allahyar and Tando Muhammad Khan.
Due to a range of reasons, the rural communities of Sindh live in dire chronic poverty; the Province's rural areas record some of the worse socio-economic indicators in the world. In 2008 the Government of Sindh launched the Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme (UCBPRP) in four of the Province’s 24 districts to combat this. The SUCCESS project (Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support) builds on and complements this initiative. The EU has provided €85 million to extend the reach of UCBPRP to 8 of the remaining 20 districts.
The SUCCESS Programme utilises the RSPs' social mobilisation approach to Community Driven Development. This is based on the idea that communities are the best agents of their own development once they are organised and trained to better manage their limited resources and the financial support and services available to them.
What is singular about the RSP approach to rural development in Sindh, where socio-cultural norms are less restrictive than elsewhere in Pakistan, is that it is being solely implemented by and through women groups.
- To lift out of poverty 30% of 770 000 targeted poor households.
- To increase by 30% and diversify the incomes of mobilised households
- To deliver access to and use of public services (water, education, health, etc.) for 70% of the targeted households [2800 community physical infrastructure assets built, upgraded and maintained]
- To stimulate community-driven local development initiatives through the Rural Support Programmes’ approach.
- To empower women in all eight districts.
- To develop the capacity of the Government of Sindh to implement policies to finance community-driven local development initiatives from 2018.