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Farrukh Iqbal, Sajjad Zaheer, Riaz Riazzudin, Irfan Qureshi, Ijaz Nabi & Saqib Jaffery Pakistan’s Macroeconomic Prospects and Debt Situation

The Finance for Development Lab (FDL) and the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) collaborated on a series of research papers on the macroeconomic situation of Pakistan, with the objective to shape a possible IMF program. The goal was to publish and disseminate three studies on Pakistan, with three different angles: The role of concessionary …


CDPR & World Bank CDPR-World Bank Collaboration: Pakistan Development Policy Series 2021-22

CDPR has collaborated with the World Bank in its Pakistan Development Policy Series 2021-22. The Pakistan Development Policy Series is a series of policy talks inviting discussion and debate on key reform areas critical to Pakistan’s economic, social and development growth.  The discussions focus on key development policy issues relating to Pakistan’s economic and social …


Hasaan Khawar, Nasir Javed & Fizzah Sajjad Responsive Policy Making in Pakistan: A Framework for the Development of Balochistan Spatial Strategy

Balochistan is the largest province by area, with abundant natural resources, but it remains one of the poorest and most underdeveloped regions in Pakistan. This project focuses on developing a spatial strategy for development in Balochistan that can provide policymakers with information and tools through an organizing framework for long-term development planning as opposed to …


Nasir Javed & Ehsan Saqib Responsive Policy Making in Pakistan: Decision Making Around Infrastructure in Balochistan

The International Growth Centre (IGC) at the request of the Government of Balochistan (GOB) carried out a study to develop a Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) to guide its development priorities and to maximize the efficiency of its natural, human, and capital resources towards overall development of the province. To ensure traction and uptake of the …


Umair Javed Political Economy Analysis for FCDO Pakistan’s Real Economy Programme

Political economy analysis at the sector level can be useful in helping to explain why some sectors have struggled to move from low value added to higher value added exports. This project enabled FCDO Pakistan’s Economic Growth Group to better understand the political economy of Pakistan’s private sector, specifically a range of priority sub-sectors that …


Umair Javed Experiment in Modernizing Governance: A Case Study of Two Public Sector Companies

Public sector companies, licensed under Section 42 of the Companies Act 2017, were created to enhance the effectiveness of service delivery. This project scrutinizes the performance of public sector companies by specifically focusing on two companies – the Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) and the Punjab Population Innovation Fund (PPIF) and understanding how they achieved …


Danish Khan Political Economy of Road Networks: What Happens to a Local Economy when a New Road is Built?

This research project analyzes what are (if any) wider economic benefits of new road networks on a local economy. In Pakistan, it is commonly noted that construction of new road networks are influenced by political actors to facilitate their favorites. But at the moment there is no concrete evidence how the a construction of new …


Suleman Ghani Training Needs Assessment for Civil Services in Pakistan

Given the restrictive scope of civil servant trainings provided by the National School of Public Policy and Civil Services Academy, a training programme covering the entire civil servant base across all the grades is crucial to enhance coordination between top tier officials and frontline public servants for improved coordination across and within government departments to …


Jacob Shapiro and Saad Gulzar Political Violence in Pakistan: Myths vs. Realities

This policy brief was prepared by Dr. Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University) and Saad Gulzar (IGC) based on IGC funded research conducted by Dr. Jacob Shapiro and Dr. Rasul Baksh Rais (LUMS) which aims to understand and present empirical evidence of subnational patterns of violence in Pakistan.


Miriam Golden & Luke Sonnet Improving political communication: Results from a Pilot Field Experiment in Pakistan

This project provides politicians in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province useful tools to gather actionable information about voter preferences over public goods and, reciprocally, provides voters high-value information about upcoming policy decisions. The project is aimed at establishing potentially durable feedback linkages between voters and elected representatives that gives politicians more information about voter preferences, …


Suleman Ghani Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth

Pakistan’s tourism sector offers a wide-range of multi-cultural attractions from heritage sites to pristine natural beauty. However, the sector has not been able to garner adequate attention from tourists, despite Pakistan being the cheapest travel destination in the world. Currently, international tourism comprises 0.4% of Pakistan’s GDP, which creates a large space for developing and …


Ijaz Nabi & Naved Hamid Punjab Growth Strategy

Punjab’s growth strategy, in tandem with initiatives of the Federal Government, provides an adequate safety net for the bottom quintile of the population and aims for equitable development outcomes. The Government believes that Punjab’s full potential will only be achieved by improving governance in the public sector, in collaborations with the World Bank, to support …


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