This paper argues that shortfalls in water distribution system (WDS) in Karachi requires multi-pronged and multi-stakeholder input to be tackled effectively. The government, upon whose shoulders the responsibility is put, is not the only stakeholder. Lack of data, and difficulty in accessing reliable data, impedes interventions. This paper further argues that GIS mapping can provide a baseline which can be built upon by various stakeholders, as is shown by precedent analysis. Moreover, the willingness and quality of multi-stakeholder intervention can increase if potential solutions are designed. Lastly, this paper argues that the availability of GIS maps will prove to be a catalyst for interventions, especially in a city like Karachi, a growing industrial hub, in which businesses are willing to work with the government, universities, and local stakeholders to design tangible solutions for city-wide problems. Current prospects of this project includes partnership with NGOs and policy-making think tanks as well as businesses and the government to ensure impact.
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Uzair Ibrahim: Uzair Ibrahim is a final-year student of Social Development and Policy at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan. His academic interests include religious studies, poetry, South Asia, and philosophy among others. He is also interested in the use of science and technology to help understand and build competency in tackling issues rife in megacities such as Karachi. His writings have appeared in the Dawn and The Express Tribune, and he has worked as a journalist in the past.
Farwa Hussain: Farwa Hussain is a final year student of Social Development and Policy at Habib University, Pakistan. Through her deeply interdisciplinary work, she creates meaningful impact in communities both on and off campus. Her passion in urban studies and design is evident in the work she has undertaken so far which includes mapping the water distribution system of Karachi to revitalizing a historic public library located in one of the most densely populated areas in Karachi. She is also a co-founder of a movement called the Communal Spaces Initiative which came out of a concern for lack of public spaces in densely populated areas of the city. Her final year project examines the environmental, social, urban, and human consequences of Karachi’s waste management problem.