Building communities: how poor people are unlocking their own potential | Masood Ul-Mulk

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Feb 28 2013, 02:00:00

What are rural support programmes and why have they enjoyed such success in India and Pakistan over the past 30 years?

At a time of austerity and destabilising socio-economic and political conditions, a holistic approach to international development is required. It should acknowledge the role social, political and feudal factors play in development, and recognise the fallacy of a one-size-fits-all approach.

One model that encompasses this diversity is rural support programmes (RSPs), the key principles of which have been applied in countries including Pakistan and India.

At its heart, the model 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 local communities themselves.

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