Pakistan, ranked 141 of 182 in the United Nation’s Human Poverty Index, faces complex development challenges and is characterised by major inequalities in income and access to basic services. A high proportion of people in Pakistan live in slums and the country is facing rapid, sustained slum growth rates. Urgent action is required to slow down or reverse these trends. A significant proportion of Pakistan’s population lack access to basic infrastructure (90% of the population has access to improved water, and only 45% to improved sanitation), suffer from ill health and illiteracy, with 60% living on less than two US dollars a day.
We have been working with the Orangi Pilot Project in Pakistan since 1998. Our projects include education and housing, as well as supporting emergency relief to those affected by the earthquake in 2005, and incidents of flooding in 2005 and 2010. OPP operates programmes in low cost sanitation, housing, health, education, research, training and credit for micro enterprise.