Livelihood Substitution: The Case of the Lyari Expressway


There is a movement among members of communities effected by development projects which did not take their concerns into account to demand that the government initiate public consultations in the planning stages of the project....

Earthquake Data Manual


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Sindh: State of Environment and Development


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Understanding Karachi: Planning and Reform for the Future


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Working with Communities


This book documents the work of the Orangi Pilot Project-Research & Training Institute (OPP-RTI) with CBOs and NGOs in replicating its low cost sanitation programme which originated in the lanes and neighbourhood of Orangi in...

Housing for the Poor


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Akhter Hameed Khan and the OPP


The Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) was established in 1980 by Akhtar Hameed Khan with support from the then BCCI Foundation. The Project has attracted international attention and acclaim since it overcomes the major financial, technical...

Community Initiatives: Four Case Studies from Karachi

community initiatives

The population of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, was 450,000 in 1947. Today it is over 11 million, and about 500,000 people are added to it every year. The state and formal sector agencies have failed...



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Working with Government


The success of OPP’s extensive low cost sanitation programme in Karachi’s working class settlement of Orangi demonstrates that low income communities can finance and manage the construction of an underground sanitation system at the neighbourhood...

Housing Crisis in Central Asia


Independent states have emerged in Central Asia following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The media has paid considerable attention to the larger economic and social aspects of the transition of these states from a...

Urban Housing Policies and Approaches in a Changing Asian Context


Major changes are taking place in Asia, both at the macro level and “on the ground”. Liberalisation of the economy, strategic readjustment, the tourist and manufacturing boom and large scale demographic changes are creating both...

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