Mr Faisal Shah

Mr Faisal Shah

Position: PhD Candidate in Anthropology
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology


Thesis title: Participation and Participatory Development: A Case of Rural Support Programmes of Pakistan

Participatory development approach followed by the Pakistani RSPs has been in vogue globally and in Pakistan for the last many decades and as such, the RSPs form the largest network of non-government development actors in Pakistan. Keeping in view their importance in this sector, the research aims to study how effective the RSPs are as a model for participatory development. Main objectives of this research include: (a) To study the participatory development approach and methodology adopted by Rural Support Programmes (RSPs) of Pakistan; (b) To study how these RSPs define participation, sustainability and empowerment; and (c) To study how RSPs place themselves within the broader development scene and how they relate to the state, community and local government of Pakistan.

This study intends to provide insights into the issues and concerns that may consequently arise by following the Participatory model of development at different levels of organization. In addition to its academic contribution, this research will be of interest to the RSPs, the government, the donors as well as all those NGOs which follow a similar development model.


Faisal has an International Masters in Rural Development (Ghent, Belgium/ Berlin, Germany/ Nitra, Slovakia) degree, a Masters degree in Rural Development (Peshawar, Pakistan), and a Bachelors in Agriculture (D.I.Khan, Pakistan). In the past, he has worked with Khushhali Bank, Bank Alfalah Ltd., and IUCN Pakistan.

He blogs in Urdu at Faisaliat and his photography can be seen on his Flickr page.

Participation, Participatory Development, Rural Support Programmes, Rural development

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