Khan Foundation is committed to reducing rural poverty, particularly
in resource-poor, degraded or remote environments. The Foundation
concentrates on a small number of programmes of significant scale.
model of participatory rural development combines a set of common
development principles with the flexibility to respond to specific
contexts and needs. Programmes typically link elements such as rural
savings and credit, natural resources management, productive
infrastructure development, increased agricultural productivity and
human skills development with a central concern for community-level
participation and decision-making. The ultimate goal is to enable
community members to make informed choices from a range of
appropriate options for sustainable and equitable development.
central strategy has been to create or strengthen the institutional
structure at the village level through which people can determine
priority needs and decide how best to manage common resources in the
interests of the community as a whole. Whether broad-based or
task-specific, the village organizations also serve to represent the
community to the Government and to other development partners,
including NGOs and the private sector.
are built through community management of natural resources _ water
storage, irrigation infrastructure, soil conservation or forestry _
or the construction of basic economic infrastructure, such as rural
roads or agricultural storage facilities.