Ugly Karachi

KARACHI is becoming an increasingly anarchic, ugly and divided city — but is loved and glorified by its comparatively well-to-do citizens, public intellectuals and those in search of an identity. Loving Karachi is understandable but...

Whither Karachi?

Karachi is a rich city. It feeds, houses, provides water, electricity, transport and health and education facilities (however inadequate) to over 20 million people. It also provides support through remittances to an even larger population....

Solid Waste Management

Download this presentation: P15 – Solid Waste Management [PDF, 2.9 MB]

Orangi Pilot Project

Excerpt from the presentation: Orangi is a Karachi town consisting of an agglomeration of katchi abadis and has a population of 1.2 million The OPP was established in 1980 to overcome the constraints faced by...

Karachi Rains and the Drainage Channels – Issues and Solutions

This file is available for download: P08 – Karachi Rains and the Drainage Channels – Issues and Solutions [PDF, 1.7 MB]


This presentation is available for download: P06 – Housing [PDF, 4.4 MB]

Karachi Violence

1. Background In the month of August, I interviewed 14 persons belonging to the violence affected areas of Karachi to get their views on the situation in their neighbourhoods and their perceptions for the reasons...

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...

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...

The Evolution of Karachi

This presentation is available for download: P04 – The Evolution of Karachi [PDF, 6 MB]

The Water and Sanitation Challenge: The Conflict Between Reality and Planning Paradigms

Thank you for inviting me to talk on this very important issue. I have not yet written a proper paper but I have prepared a detailed outline from which I will read Since the late...

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