Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) as an NGO began work in Orangi town in 1980. Orangi situated in the periphery of Karachi is a cluster of 113 low-income settlements* with a population of 1.5 million. On the success of its five basic programs of low-cost sanitation, housing, health, education and credit for micro-enterprise, in 1988 OPP was upgraded into three autonomous institutions.
The approach is to encourage and strengthen community initiatives (with social, technical guidance and credit for micro-enterprise) and evolve partnerships with the government for development based on the local resources. The methodology is action research and extension. That is analyzing outstanding problems of the area, people’s initiatives, the bottlenecks in the initiatives, then through a process of action research and extension education evolving viable solutions promoting participatory action. In short developing low cost packages of advice, guiding and facilitating community organizations for self-help and partnership with the government. Please click here for more details.