Tasneem Siddiqui


Mr Tasneem Siddiqui joined the erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan in 1965 and rose to become Chief Secretary government of Sindh, before his retirement. Working as Director General Hyderabad Development Authority, Mr Siddiqui developed interest in affordable housing and with his team of dedicated colleagues, was successful in evolving and implementing the innovative concept of ‘incremental housing development’. The project known as ‘Khuda-ki-Basti’ is now internationally recognised as one of the best options for sheltering the poor. Mr Siddiqui was awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995. For excellence in public service, he won Ramon Magsaysay Award and Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1999. As a development practitioner, Mr Siddiqui evolved new concepts of pro-poor planning in other fields also. He is a prolific writer. His three books, Towards Good Governance, Dynamics of Social Change and Time for Change have been well received. He is on the visiting faculty of many universities and training institutions and divides his time between Saiban – an NGO established in 1991, and Orangi Pilot Project.

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