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Return of the drain gang - Pakistan

Documentary film about the Orangi Pilot Project or OPP, started in 1980 in the Orangi settlement, Karachi's largest squatter settlement. By 2001 the OPP had benefited more than 60,000 families, and inspired thousands of others to work independently. Over 400 collector sewers have been built, and collectively the community has invested some US$1.4 million in their sewage system. Community goods and traffic can now move more freely, supporting home-based enterprises and trading; infant deaths have fallen dramatically and health of the general population has greatly improved. The inspiring demonstration of poor urban communities' ability to mobilise resources has been a crucial factor. The OPP's philosophy of community responsibility for services through indigenous and self-motivated initiatives has empowered the community to the point of requiring little or no `outside¿ help. The success of OPP has proved that the concept of development through community participation is the only viable option for low-income communities.

TitleReturn of the drain gang - Pakistan
Publication TypeAudiovisual
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsOrangi Pilot Project -Karachi, PK, WaterAid -London, GB
PaginationFilm: MPEG File, 60 MB
Date Published2003-01-01
PublisherOrangi Pilot Project
Place PublishedKarachi, Pakistan
Keywordsappropriate technology, demonstration projects, health aspects, income generation, orangi pilot project (karachi, pakistan), pakistan karachi, orangi town, replicability, sdiasi, sdisan, sdiurb, sewerage, sustainability, uebw, women
Abstract

Documentary film about the Orangi Pilot Project or OPP, started in 1980 in the Orangi settlement, Karachi's largest squatter settlement. By 2001 the OPP had benefited more than 60,000 families, and inspired thousands of others to work independently. Over 400 collector sewers have been built, and collectively the community has invested some US$1.4 million in their sewage system. Community goods and traffic can now move more freely, supporting home-based enterprises and trading; infant deaths have fallen dramatically and health of the general population has greatly improved. The inspiring demonstration of poor urban communities' ability to mobilise resources has been a crucial factor. The OPP's philosophy of community responsibility for services through indigenous and self-motivated initiatives has empowered the community to the point of requiring little or no `outside¿ help. The success of OPP has proved that the concept of development through community participation is the only viable option for low-income communities.

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