Perween Rahman Fellowship

Perween and OPP
Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) as an Non Govermental Organization (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.

OPP-Research and Training Institute (OPP-RTI) manages the low cost sanitation, housing/secure housing support program, education program, the now evolving water supply and the women’s savings programs as well as the related research and training programs. Earthquake and the flood rehabilitation works are also undertaken. OPP-Orangi Charitable Trust (OPP-OCT) manages the micro enterprise credit program.

OPP-Karachi Health and Social Development Association (OPP-KHASDA) manages the health program. Each institution has its separate board of directors and mobilizes its own funds. Development is self financed by the people. OPP institutions provide social and technical guidance and credit for micro enterprise

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Perween Rahman, was a Architect and Urban Planner. Joined, Orangi Pilot Project (OPP), in 1983, as Joint Director and managed the Sanitation and Housing programs. Since 1988, she has been Director of  Orangi Pilot Project – Research and Training Institute. Since 1983, she has been a visiting lecturer and taught Architecture and Urban Planning at the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology and now at the Karachi University. She is a founder member of the Non- Governmental Organization (NGO), Urban Resource Centre, Karachi and continued to guide and support their work till her last days.

OPP’s methodology is taught at:
Northern academic institutions listed below:
    University College London
    London School of Economics
    Institute of Housing Studies, Holland, wherein she assisted in the design of international courses in housing and planning

Southern academic institutions listed below:
    Sophia University, Japan
    Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok
    Osaka University

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