Development (Karachi)

Lyari expressway: Concerns of the URC

SUMMARY Many thousand families live in and along the Lyari River bed which is really a sewage channel except when it rains. The majority of the families within the bed work in garbage collecting and...

Illegality and The Built Environment in Karachi

(Illegality has been put in parenthesis in the title and the text, because laws are strange things. Thousands of people were convicted under built environment related apartheid laws in South Africa and Israeli law and...

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...

Karachi: What the Census Tells Us

The 1998 Karachi census results have confirmed what a small group of researchers and activists have been saying all along regarding changing physical and social conditions in the city and about the fact that the...

Housing for the Poor

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Karachi’s Physical Planning Issues on the Eve of the Millennium

If proper rules, regulations and procedures for regularisation of building and land use violations, commercialisation and non-utilisation fee are developed for the KDA, the major source of corruption and public inconvenient will be removed. Also, if the KDA Director General is given the power to choose his own team and to determine postings and transfers within his organisation, (which he does not have at present) he can be held responsible for the affairs of KDA.

Community Initiatives: Four Case Studies from Karachi

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...

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...

Evaluation of the Community Development Work at Rehri Carried out by the Coastal Ecosystem Unit (IUCN)

Introduction The Indus delta region is said to contain the largest expanse of arid land mangroves in the world. They are dependent on the river Indus for their fresh water requirements. These mangroves are under...

Karachi and the Global Nature of Urban Violence

In 1991, according to official figures, 466 murders were committed in Karachi; there were 802 attempted murders; 421 cases of rioting, many of them against civic agencies; 103 rapes; 140 kidnappings for ransom; 12 of...

Seven Reports on Housing

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Evaluation of the Karachi Master Plan 1986 – 2000

The project document for the Karachi Master Plan 1986-2000 (PAK/86/029) was prepared in 1986 on the basis of work in a preparatory phase under UNCHS assistance. The Project Document was signed by the Government of...

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