We at RADS firmly believe that development work should be measured and reported. Not all ideas lead to desired results and resources for development are scarce. Those who implement programmes must understand how they can achieve the maximum benefit from their efforts or resources. The RADS Urban Laboratory has been established to study aspects of urbanisation and to test ideas that can help promote development in urban slums.

In doing so we are following the "Research and Extension" approach of Akhter Hameed Khan that was applied in Comilla Academy (now the Bangladesh Academy of Rural Development - BARD) and then in Orangi (via the Orangi Pilot Project).

RADS and its partner AHKRC have mapped the neighbourhoods in Dhok Hassu. This information has not been available in public domain thus far. Dhok Hassu comprises of 3 union councils: 5,6 and 8. Individual neighbourhoods are shown in the map. The overall population is nearly 200,000 and there are 17 neighbourhoods with multiple ethnicities and people at very different stages of urbanisation. For many Dhok Hassu, with its proxitmity to the Pir Wadhai bus stop is the "landing" or "waystation" - a portal to enter Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Others have been here for generations. 

Results of our first survey are available. Currently a more detailed survey is underway so that different neighbourhoods can be categorised. In addition 20-25 outreach workers have been mobilised to understand perceptions of the communities, promote economic opportunities, health awareness and to empower local women with entrepreneurship skills. 

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