AKRSP’s challenge over the last 36 years has been to create inclusive processes of development that diverse communities could participate in and sustain. Notable achievements include a significant increase in incomes (AKRSP contributed to the doubling of farm incomes in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral), the construction of hundreds of bridges, irrigation channels and small infrastructure projects, and the planting of tens of millions of trees.
Other achievements are the introduction of hydro-electricity in remote areas (AKRSP is responsible for installing hundreds of mini-hydels, the creation of thousands of savings groups, the reclamation and cultivation of hundreds of hectares of degraded land and the mobilisation of 5,306 community organisations. Profound changes in social, political and economic conditions have necessitated an evolution of programme approaches to address the most pressing needs of the rural population and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Current interventions are therefore focused on:
- Strengthening Local Support Organisations (LSOs) as well as community-level Village and Women’s organisations (V/WOs) with training and financial support so that they are better able to plan and manage social and economic development activities;
- Strengthening agricultural livelihoods by improving water management, diversifying farming systems and strengthening connections between agricultural suppliers, producers and processors;
- Generating non-farm employment and developing entrepreneurial skills through training and market development;
- Promoting financial inclusion through community-based savings groups; and
- Improving the availability and quality of small- and medium-scale infrastructure in order to strengthen livelihood opportunities and improve access to markets and social services.
AKRSP interventions have reached approximately 206,615 households.