- Thursday | 01 Apr, 1999
- Shahrukh Rafi Khan
Shahrukh Rafi Khan and Fareeha Zafar Monograph Series # 10 1999 Introduction The Government of Pakistan is implementing a Social Action Program (SAP) to improve the delivery of basic social services including basic education, primary health, population welfare and rural water supply and sanitation. Within the context of this program, the first Social Action Program Project (SAPP I), with partial donor support, had a three-year duration from 1993-1996. The second project (SAPP II, 1996-2000) is now being implemented. Community participation is among the main themes in the delivery of social sector services. Lessons from our research can be incorporated in the second current phase of the SAP now underway. SAP, in its newsletters, highlights the importance of "community participation." The Participatory Development Program (PDP) made a small beginning by funding 14 projects in 1996 (for a two-year period) based on the principle of community participation. Sixteen projects were selected for the second phase. If community participation makes the difference then the PDP, while a laudatory attempt, is a small one.