The two-day Rural Support Programme’s (RSP) Annual Strategy Retreat 2019 concluded here in Bhurban on Wednesday. The two-day event was a forum for strategic coordination, experience sharing, networking, and showcasing of new initiatives by the RSPs.
This year the discussion focused on ‘poverty graduation’ programmes in Pakistan, role of private sector and RSPs in rural enterprise development to reduce rural poverty, and strengthening legal empowerment for women through community-based paralegals.
The retreat was well-attended by representatives from all four provincial governments and AJK and GB, community representatives, diplomats, donors and development practitioners, including the Additional Chief Secretary of Punjab Capt (R) Aijaz Ahmad, Additional Chief Secretary AJ&K Dr Syed Asif Hussain, and Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Sigbjorn Tenfjord from Norwegian Embassy.
Speaking about the Ehsaas programme launched by the present government this year, Chairman RSPN Mr Shoaib Sultan Khan in his opening speech emphasized on the outreach RSPs possess in reaching every household in Pakistan for socio-economic empowerment that offers value addition to the government’s national initiative.