BRSP’s experiences in social mobilization and rural development reveals that true empowerment and poverty reduction is only possible where community organizations have established their own institutions and have developed strong networks among these institutions integrating a group of households to a village and union council levels in the form of COs, VOs and LSOs. This helps them to build synergies and put organized efforts to resolve the most crucial and challenging issues revolving around rural poverty. The social and human capital created in this regard have the potential to serve as a building block for developing transparent, accountable and professionally managed networks of community institutions.
At the organizational level, BRSP invests in strengthening internal capacities, which means building a strong human capital and institutionalizing systems, policies and controls for greater transparency and efficiency. BRSP develops the technical capacities and skills of its staff, and promotes an internal learning culture by creating opportunities for cross-fertilization of knowledge, training seminars, workshops, and exposure visits. Capacity building is not limited to BRSP, but is recognized as an integral, cross-cutting theme across all BRSP programmes. To this end, BRSP has established an in-house unit actively engaged in providing assistance to a broad set of stakeholders including individuals, communities, local bodies and public and private sector organizations in capacity building.