Development & Poverty

Motorbike Transit

Since 1989, mass transit options for Karachi have been studied to death and every time the same options surfaced. Only their capital and operating costs increase. Two technical options surface. One is the light rail....

Motorbike Mass Transit

The number of motorbikes on the road of Karachi increased from 450,000 in 1990 to 500,000 in 2004. In 2010, the number of motorbikes was one million. By 2030, the Karachi Transportation and Improvement Project...

CSO Consultative Group: Voices of the Poor, By the Poor, For the Poor

The poor have to interact with other interest groups and with policy makers. With other interest groups interaction is necessary because the poor do not live in isolation. Interaction with the World Bank in Washington...

Poorer than Before

Since 1970 I have been involved with development related issues, both at the national and international level. This involvement has been in land, housing, physical and social infrastructure and research into the dynamics of urban...

Retrieving the Wisdom of those in Need: Community Healing in Time of Disaster

In this paper I will try to put down what I have observed in my work with disaster situations. But before I do that, I must explain where I am coming from. I am an...

Shirakati Taraqqi

This book is in Urdu. Please click on the thumbnail below to read the blurb.

Structural Reform and Social Values

The creation of a more tolerant society in Pakistan (and which does not necessarily mean liberal) is simply not possible without removing the causes of the country’s under-development, increasing poverty and a growing sense of...

The Hawkers of Karachi

Newspaper articles, some NGOs, statements by city government representatives and police officials, periodically express concern at the traffic and pedestrian movement related problems caused by hawkers in Karachi. These hawkers are of different kinds. There...

A Talk at PILER Conference on Floods

I have not been involved. But been asked to advise. Visited rural areas of Thattah, left bank, Dadu, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Swat Valley. Some basic principles need to be followed: People should be empowered...

Note on a Visit to Dadu and Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh

1.    Background Mr. Iqbal Memon, DCO Dadu asked me to visit Khairpur Nathan Shah to give advise on what could be done for its rehabilitation. I arrived at Dadu at 1700 hours on 10 October....

Karachi Density Study

More information on the Karachi Density Study can be found on www.urbandensity.org Download the compiled report here: IIED Density Study: 04 Cases of Housing in Karachi [PDF, 10.9MB]

Participatory Development

The Story of the Orangi Pilot Project-Research and Training Institute and the Urban Resource Centre, Karachi, Pakistan This book describes Karachi-based projects which have used a successful model of participatory development. It consists of three parts. Part one...

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