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Community Resource Persons: Creating Invaluable Human Capital

Community Resource Persons: Creating Invaluable Human Capital
1 February 2022

Community Resource Persons: Creating Invaluable Human Capital

Most rural women do not have access to information on critical issues as health &hygiene family planning, HIV AIDS, Gender, women specific human rights, maternal health, family planning and reproductive health etc. This information gap is bridged by Community Resource Persons (CRPs) who play a pivotal role in communicating information on cross cutting issues such ascommunity management, leadership, development needs assessment and prioritization, development planning and resource mobilization, financial management and record keeping, community savings and lending nutrition, health & hygiene, family planning, HIV AIDS, Gender, women specific human rights, maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, WASH, climate change and environment, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Natural Resource Management (NRM). The CRP model is highly effective and successful in programme implementation and disseminating door to door information in rural Balochistan.

Creation of human capital: The community will have an informed resource person to continue disseminating information long after the programme withdraws.

Community reception: People of the village will be very familiar with the CRP as they are from the same locality. The community will be more comfortable and fast in developing relations with the CRP.

Sustainability: The CRP is from the community and hence comes with a solid and strong awareness of what is best for their community. The probability of them committing and sustaining through the cause is very high.

Cost-effective: The salary expectation of a CRP is almost half that of a regular salaried employee.

Opportunity: This model gives the opportunity for the local social activists who cannot migrate to other places because of various reasons and responsibilities.

The European Union funded BRACE Programme has hired and extensively trained 593 Community Resource Persons in 211 union councils, out of which 60% are women, in nine BRACE districts: Khuzdar, Jhal Magsi, Washuk, Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Chaman, Zhob, Loralai and Duki.