Hakim

Ashoka Fellow
Pakistan,
Fellow Since 1998
Bhittai Welfare Association

Citation

This profile was prepared when Abdul Hakim Khoso was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Through Pakistan's court system, Abdul Hakim Khoso has won the judgment that small farmers have a legal right to irrigated water as a basic human right as well as the court's willingness to see to it that these rights are respected by larger farmers as well as the government authorities legally responsible for maintaining the canal system. With this right established and the court having established its willingness to continue to intervene in these matters, Abdul Hakim Khoso took the next step, by providing small farmers an alternate system through which irrigation water can be managed and distributed more efficiently.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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