Integrated approach towards participatory development in water scarce rural communities of KPK/Pakistan for improved farming & better living

We strived towards development through applying water, food and energy based approaches in drought affected areas of KPK-Pakistan.

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  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10,000 - 50,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Pakistan

Headquarters location: City

Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Location(s) of impact

Pakistan, District Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (formerly known as North West Frontier Province)


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Village Garah Band in Union Council Musa Zai, District Dera Ismail Khan in KPK Province of Pakistan was once isolated from the basic needs of life and was considered as unapproachable and inaccessible village. The people of the area were faced with plethora of issues especially unavailability of clean drinking water.Diseases like diarrhea, skin burns, rashes, kidney diseases etc were common due to extensive use of unhygienic water. There was no concept of gender inclusive development and rights based approaches.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Under this project, we support and facilitate sustainable development in local poverty stricken society. We promote bottom-up community driven participatory development, where the project beneficiaries were organized into inclusive community institutions at local level. The project built the capacity of local community for enabling them to plan and mobilize resources for sustainable social and economic development. The entire purpose of community organization is to give the poor a voice and vision to address issues that hinder their integration into mainstream development. The formed institutions are used for implementing project interventions to ensure equitable delivery of benefits to the community at large with ownership of the program. the community members are not beneficiaries but active stakeholders in the entire process. Through integrated area up-gradation approach, SABAWON established sustainable institutions with quality infrastructure and livelihood approaches.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

SABAWON provided a clean drinking water source to the whole village and overcome the shortage of safe drinking water, established 03 Community Organizations and 1 Village Organization provided them capacity building trainings on leadership, linkages development & preparing village development plans, provided vocational trainings to 03 educated youth of local community, established 03 Businesses at local level. provided training on modern agriculture approaches to 05 local farmers as well as provided training on Poultry farms to 05 individuals. SABAWON established 10 inhouse shops for widows including grocery, crockery and tailoring shops. Under Infrastructure, a solar energy based water supply scheme (borehole) was installed, as the village is not connected to national electricity grid, so we installed solar panels for covering their basic needs, for ensuring safety, we built 1250 feet long and with 5 feet height, we build flood protection wall, in addition we built 2 Box Culverts.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

SABAWON developed innovative training packages for enhancing the capacities of the community institutions on resource mobilisations and tapping into various funding opportunities available for grassroots level organisations, grant management and work plan and proposal development, developing financial management systems and proposal writing. SABAWON facilitated asset transfer to the ultra poor and vulnerable poor identified through the national poverty score cards and participatory appraisal methods, provided them access to financial services and educated the community on how to enhance the wealth generating capacity of assets. SABAWON submitted 3% of total project cost in local bank account for O&M and designed billing mechanism. Grants: 80% Donations: 20%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Through the project, we provided an innovative poverty reduction program to the residents of an extremely vulnerable and illiterate rural community. With social mobilization, we formed and strengthen community institutions and enables leveraging of resources at local level for socioeconomic development. The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that we strived to established an entire system for economic transformation and poverty reduction with gender equity & youth involvement.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

When we visited the respective village, we find, people, who were sick, uneducated and helpless because of various vulnerabilities and struggling to find a way for survival. The only available source of drinking water was a natural pond. That surface drinking water source was extremely unsafe as pond mostly contains rain water or untreated irrigation water comes down from the mountains. Ground water was available at 100 feet depth but was not fit for drinking. The only option to clean drinking water is the ground water which is available at depth of 1000 feet. due to its proximity to nearby rocky mountains there was possibility of Artisian flow as water precipitously comes down during rainy seasons. Our experience proved successful and a clean drinking water is made available. we integrated the livelihood approaches with community infrastructure, which contributes towards development.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Congratulations. great initiative. Good luck.

Photo of Iftikhar Hussain

Thank you Sir;