Byar Local Support Organization (BLSO) -Booni
Byar Local Support Organization (BLSO) was established by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in 2005. The purpose was to sustain the Village Organizations (VOs) and Women Organizations (WOs) that were initially formed by AKRSP to implement its projects. The LSOs work for developing a prosperous community by alleviating poverty and building capacity of partner VOs and WOs.
The BLSO has 205 members including 91 women, with five women representatives on the Board. LSO employs participatory approaches for project development and implementation. It provides a platform for all stakeholders to enable change in community attitudes and ensure ownership by all the members of the community for the development initiatives.
‘The learning from the Hum Qadam trainings on Leadership Skills, Project Development & Management (PDM) and Local Resource Mobilization (LRM) were effective. It helped us in convincing local religious leaders to allow women to participate in trainings. More women were inducted in the Board. Our staff applied skills to motivate women organizations to come in the main stream to join general development forums. As a result 100% women organizations have started participating in meetings and forums. The PDM training helped us to review the community issues/needs in a systematic way and understand priorities through problem tree and objective tree. New project concepts are being evaluated by applying tools which we learnt during the workshop’.
Mr Sherafzal, Manager, Byar LSO
The Hum Qadam training on LRM has helped BLSO participants in enhancing the understanding of resource mobilization concepts and provided an opportunity to map existing resources, value them and use efficiently. BLSO has developed a project in which local material and human resources have been incorporated as a community share.