The objective of Sindh Coastal Community Development Project – SCCDP is “to improve the sustainable livelihood of the poor inhabitants of the eight coastal talukas of district Thatta and Badin”.
The project strategy is to help these households sustainably increase their incomes, their access to public services, and their capacity to manage the natural resource base on which they live. At the household level, demand-driven skills training, links to microfinance services, and improved coastal resource development (mangrove planting, crab and prawn ponds, and bivalve and seaweed rafts) will create income-generating options.
At the community level, group organization, leadership training, demand-driven community-led civil works and related initiatives, and direct participation in the sustainable management of coastal natural resources will support social capital development and better public service access. This will establish the enabling conditions for continuing community-driven development. At the institutional level, creation of a coastal zone management and monitoring plan, capacity development of the Coastal Development Authority (CDA), a fisheries and water quality survey of near-coastal waterways, and targeted capacity development of the districts will enhance public sector responsiveness to local needs. Involvement of strong national and local NGOs as well as local governments will help beneficiaries better understand, engage with, and build long-term relationships with the institutions they depend on for services and support.
The Project has four components: (i) institutional strengthening, (ii) community development, (iii) improved coastal management, and (iv) project management.