The Sindh government has launched its rural support programmes in different districts of the province to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of the poor. The programmes will target marginalized communities through mobilization, capacity development, asset creation, and income generation. There is also a strong focus on women’s empowerment and the livelihood of the poor. The program will be implemented through the Rural Support Programs (RSPs) platform.
The provincial government initiated the Rural Support Programme in two districts namely, Shikarpur and Kashmore in 2009, and further extended to two more districts namely, Jacobabad and Tharparkar in 2010. The programme achieved great success in these four districts by providing Income Generating Grants (IGG), Interest-Free Loans, and Business Development Groups (BDGs). The programme has now extended to six further districts namely, Badin, Khairpur Mirs, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Thatta, and Umerkot at the cost of Rs 6.351 billion.
With the support of the European Union and the Sindh Union Council, a Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS) programme has been launched for the reduction of poverty and enhancement of livelihoods. The Sindh government has also directed the planning and development (P&D) department to prepare a plan to provide low-cost housing to shelter less families. Rural development is vital to the economic, social, and environmental viability of nations, and investment in rural development projects can enhance nation well-being.