The Orangi Pilot Project-Research and Training Institute's (OPP-RTI) work is based on the observation that poor people
everywhere when faced by problems do not sit idle, but take initiatives, from lobbying to self help, be it for housing,
infrastructure, education, security, health or employment. Some technical and organisational guidance and in
some cases, credit is needed to strengthen people's work leading to confidence building and a process of partnerships
in development. What began from supporting self-help sewers and housing in the informal settlement of Orangi in
Karachi has now extended to many cities and sectors, influencing government policy.
Keywords : Strengthening Community Initiatives, Building Partnerships, Sanitation, Action Research and Extension Education, Katchi Abadi
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