Development & Poverty

‘Honour’ Killings

BY all accounts, over the last two decades ‘honour’ killings have increased manifold; they are going to increase even more in the foreseeable future. This is because a gender-segregated patriarchal society, which has traditionally used...

Eclipse of Feudalism

WITHIN Pakistani intellectuals and academia, it is agreed that Pakistani society has changed. However, there is little articulation of the fundamental nature and processes of change and how public policy should address it. The most...

Road map needed

RESEARCH by the Urban Resource Centre Karachi has established that in the absence of a reasonable transport system a large percentage of women do not work, children often do not get to school, time and...

Urban Land Reform

OVER the last two years, there have been numerous seminars, workshops and happenings around Karachi issues. The dominant theme has been one of nostalgia. Senior citizens have spoken about a once liberal city of bars,...

Impacts of Economic Crises and Reform on the Informal Textile Industry in Karachi

To date, no empirical research has examined the local impacts of economic crises and reform on cities in Pakistan, including Karachi. This study addresses this gap by examining how the textile industry – as one...

The Impact of Globalisation and Regional Conflict on the Loom Units in Dibba Colony, Karachi

1. Reason for the Study The textile industry is considered to be the backbone of Pakistan’s economy1. Much of its weaving sector looms operate informally out of low income settlements. This informal loom sector has...

Land Ownership, Control and Contestation in Karachi: Maps

Related Maps for the report on Land Ownership, Control and Contestation in Karachi and Implications for Low-income Housing

Land Ownership, Control and Contestation in Karachi and Implications for Low-income Housing

Issues in Control and Ownership Karachi is a megacity with a population of about 18 million. Preliminary analyses of Pakistan’s 2011 census suggest that it is the fastest growing city in the world. Megacities are...

The Impending Migration

IF the reported preliminary results of the 2011 Pakistan population census are to be believed, Karachi is the fastest-growing city in the world, followed by Mexico City. Its population increased from 9.8 million in 1998...

The Anti-Poor Bias in Planning and Policy

Regional and national conflicts, ethnic and sectarian killings, and the so-called clash of institutions, has understandably pushed the national development debate into the background. However, development related seminars and workshops are still held and they...

How Can This be Changed?

Foreign capital (and local liquidity) has its benefits and must be encouraged. However, it has to fit into a larger development plan based on development principles so that an inclusive and an environmentally-friendly urban environment...

Governance, Decentralisation and Poverty Eradication: the View from Orangi, Karachi

Orangi is a subdivision of the District West of Karachi. It is a working class township, the major part of which began as squatter settlements. Its poverty related issues have not been addressed by provincial...

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