Name: Rural Initiatives in Sustainability and Empowerment
RISE is Non for Profit, Public Interest Organization working in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. RISE focuses on developing capacity of the community activists so that they can play an active role in their society as Agents of Change for empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of the Society and sustain the initiatives of Development, Human Rights, Equality, Equity, Constitutionalism and Democracy.
The Pakistani society, with its pro-agrarian tribal structures, is in self-conceited fetters of loathsome discrimination, gross economic injustices, feudalistic customary practices and militaristic adventures harboring anti-progressive and undemocratic principles and values. The severe human miseries and suffocating social oppression are the very byproducts of this out trodden societal structure. To vow for social activism and rights oriented political movement, in background to such devastating condition, is in-deed a highly challenging and uphill task but at the same time a promising clue of a transitory period.
Organization emerged during 1996 when some community activists gathered and started their struggle for development of District Swabi (Pakistan) and remained actively involved in advocacy process to make accountable the Government Departments to
provide quality services to the communities.
To empower the disadvantaged sections of the society in the rural Pakhtunkhwa, through capacity building, advocacy and sensitization at community, intermediary and policy making level.
• To empower the disadvantaged sections of the society through awareness among
community, intermediary and policy making level.
• To strengthen the capacity of partner CBOs and NGOs to manage and sustain the
• To strengthen the capacity of Community activists so that they play their role as
agents of change in their communities for promotion and protection of Human
Rights, Tolerance and Pluralism.
Board of Directors:
This body consists of 7 members responsible for Policy Making. Secretary of the Board is responsible for Implementation of the Decisions through Hired Staff. Board of Directors is elected in the month of December each year. Members for Board of Directors are elected from the Beneficiaries of the Organization. Three out of Four Members from the Board resign each year and Five new members are nominated among the beneficiaries by the outgoing members. The sitting Board members select/elect three out of these five nominees as Board members for the Next year.
Staff members are hired and recruited for implementation of different Projects at different level who work with proper consultation of Chairperson of RISE.
i. Chief Executive:
Responsible for execution and implementation of Programs, and oversight of staff. Accountable to the Board of Directors.
ii. Program Officers:
A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the Executive Director.
iii. Social Organizers:
To organize groups, develop contacts in the communities
iv. Finance and Admin Officer:
Responsible for Financial matters, record keeping, auditing accounts and office administration.
o Community Based Research.
o Net Working
o Promotion of Dialogue
- Promotion of dialogue on critical issues among stakeholders i.e. Community and
- Providing training to community activists in the following fields:
i. Women Skill Building Program
ii. Micro Entrepreneurship and Skill Building for women
iii. Health Education for women
iv. Elimination of violence against women with a focus on honor killing.
v. Human Rights Program
vi. Integration of Children with disabilities
vii. Peace, Non-violence, Tolerance, Disarmament and Pluralism
viii. Organizing people Assemblies on Devolution of Power