Rural Support Programmes
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Rural Support Programmes (RSP's) is an approach to international development which preaches a simple lesson: that holistic, organic and adaptable approaches to long-term development can be achieved when driven by the needs, priorities and direction of the local communities themselves.
This model subverts the conventional model of social development, which assumed that either central government or outside agencies can lift people out of poverty. The participatory development approach introduced through the pilot project Aga Khan Rural Support Programme was highly successful and eventually replicated by other Rural Support Programs (RSP’s) in Pakistan and later in other parts of South Asia, most notably India.  There are similar AKF rural support Programmes in Kenya, Mozambique and Tajikistan. The core principal behind these Rural Support Programmes with a link to AKRSP and back to Comilla is that organisation of the poor is the best means of alleviating poverty. Supporting agencies such as other development agencies may provide technical and financial assistance, but should not infringe upon the sovereignty of the community organisations. In Pakistan there are currently nine RSPs working in partnership with rural communities.
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