The Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme (UCBPRP) is a pioneering initiative of the Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) and the Government of Sindh (GoS), for reducing poverty through the potential of the people. The Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme (UCBPRP) was initiated on the 1st of February 2009 in two districts of Sindh, namely Kashmore-Kandhkot and Shikarpur, with a total budget of Rs. 3 billion. The duration of the project was 30 months and is being implemented by SRSO.
In march 2010 after successfully completing its first year this project has been extended to two more districts namely Jacobabad and Tharparker by the Government of Sindh and is being implemented by Sindh RSPs.
UCBPRP has some unique features. First, the programme was
focused on women, and the poor and poorest households, identified through a PSC survey. Second, the
programme was the first ever major project of the GoS that is being implemented through community
participation. Third, the programme was highly intensive in its development packages and coverage, and
was concentrated at the union council level. Last but not least, the programme very quickly covered the
programme union councils by organising communities: most of its targeted activities have been implemented
within only 26 months. UCBPRP seeks to remove common hurdles faced by the poor that weaken their
social capital: it seeks to create economic/productive assets through a self-help methodology by providing
access to community managed micro loans, income generating grants, and creating employment
opportunities by training youth in technical skills and engaging the local labour in CPI projects.
As a result of this program, the European Union (EU) in collaboration with Government of Sindh, is implementing “Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS)” programme with a funding of 82 million Euros for expansion of UCBPRP to additional 08 districts of Sindh i.e. Matiari, Sujawal, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Qamber Shahdadkot, Larkana, Dadu, being implemented by three Rural Support Programs (SRSO, NRSP & TRDP) present in Sindh.
Now after successful completion of the First Phase, expansion phase of Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme has been commenced in additional 06 districts of the Sindh Province; Khairpur, Sanghar, Umer Kot, Mirpur Khas, Thatta and Badin with the total cost of Rs. 4.9 billion.The project is renamed as Peoples' Poverty Reduction Program (PPRP) will be completed in 36 months.
PPRP is based on the Rural Support Programmes’ (RSPs) social mobilisation approach to Community Driven Development (CDD). Social Mobilisation centers around 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 SRSO under the PPRP provide social guidance, technical and financial assistance to the rural poor in Sindh and enables them to build productive assets, reduce vulnerabilities and improve by and large, the condition of their village or locality. The project will also help improve social indicators relating to health, environment and education, especially for women and children.The project will also prepare the communities to make use of microfinance for their livelihoods and creation of assets, which are the main reasons behind poverty in rural areas.