Inequality in Pakistan

Venue: Conference Hall, CDPR

Date: 10th March 2017, Friday

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) hosted its seventh Lahore Policy Exchange talk on “Inequality in Pakistan.” Though Pakistan is growing, access to goods, services and opportunities varies widely by income level, education and identity. This is because prevailing structures and institutions perpetuate inequality and prevent those with the lowest access from upward mobility. How severe is the problem, and how can Pakistan bridge the gaps moving forward? To address this topic, the event featured two panelists: Khalil Hamdani, Visiting Professor at the Lahore School of Economics’ Graduate Institute of Development Studies and former senior UN official, discussed why economic growth needs to be inclusive. Faisal Bari, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), discussed the problem of education and inequality. The conversation was moderated by Ijaz Nabi, Chairman of the Board at CDPR. Policy exchange dialogue took place at the end, when the question and answer session took place amongst the audience and the presenters.