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2023 Pathways to Development Conference

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The IGC is pleased to co-host the second annual Pathways to Development Conference on the theme of Inequalities and Social Justice. The event proposes to find solutions to the challenges constraining sustainable growth in Pakistan and the region.

The conference will showcase the work of local and international scholars on the various dimensions of inequalities located within broader thematic areas such as that of public health, climate change, labour markets, education, political economy, gender and others.

The Path2Dev Conference will be held on December 18-20, 2023 at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The latest conference programme can be found above.

Economic growth and poverty reduction can, and often do, exist with widening inequalities between and within countries. Inequalities matter because unequal societies have lower levels of human capital, less social cohesion and lower trust in the state. Inequalities threaten to destabilise societies, arrest development and create injustice and indignity for the poor and marginalised. Economic, social and political inequalities can systematically exclude marginalised groups from any progress experienced by wider society.

While economic growth rates are a mainstay in policy planning, much less attention is paid to how growth, development, participation, and progress is distributed across geographies and populations, or the ways in which burdens of poverty, violence and climate change are disproportionately borne by the few. Various forms of inequalities – gender, vast differences in wealth, identity-based discrimination along ethnic, religious and linguistic lines, by location and disabilities – intersect to exacerbate the effects of one on the other.

The conference is jointly organised by the following institutional partners: Institute of Development & Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), Chaudhry Nazar Muhammad Department of Economics at LUMS, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC), Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (IDS), Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR), International Growth Centre (IGC), and Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

In case of any queries, please write to Alishbah Khwaja at [email protected]