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Research priorities

The IGC supports research focused on four themes:

State: This theme investigates how to improve the capacity of the public sector in developing countries to effectively deliver public goods and services that support economic growth. This includes issues such as governance and public sector management, public finance and taxation, political economy, and conflict.

Firms: This theme aims to generate knowledge related to firm capabilities and job creation. This work covers all types of firms: large, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and farms, in both formal and informal sectors. Research topics include the determinants of firm productivity and policies to stimulate trade.

Cities: This theme explores what makes cities effective centres of economic prosperity, addressing both the drivers of and constraints to growth. Issues include the economics of agglomeration, improving infrastructure and service provision, building affordable housing markets, and migration.

Energy: This theme focuses on the significant role that access to reliable energy plays in shaping the growth paths of developing countries. Topics include improving access to and quality of energy services for households and firms, rural electrification, energy efficiency, and the effects of energy consumption on health and the environment.

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  • To strengthen Pakistani firms to participate in CPEC

    Key areas of focus should be:

    1) Implement policies that strengthen private sector firms including promoting joint ventures
    2) Land acquisition
    3) Infrastructure development
    4) Skills development
    5) Sectoral strategies
    6) Cluster development

  • Management of law and order, and crime in urban centres

  • What are the future challenges on municipal services?

  • What is the impact of rapid urbanization on both rural and urban poverty, on socio-economic hierarchies and on provision of social service delivery and access to public goods across urban cities

    IGC would like to see the impact of rapid urbanization on both rural and urban poverty (such as slum dwellers), on socio-economic hierarchies and on provision of social service delivery and access to public goods across urban cities. It will deepen its focus on municipal governance, property rights protection and regulatory issues that are constraining the growth potential of cities and the rapidly growing urbanizing areas.

    We have conducted urban mapping exercises in select cities to improve administration of urban centres and are currently investigation economic ties between small cities and large urban centres

  • What are the implications of large infrastructural projects in cities on the economy

    With the uptake of large infrastructural developments (rapid bus transit system and the ring road) in cities such as Lahore and others plan across Pakistan, IGC would be particularly interested in understanding the implications of these mega projects on the economy. The IGC is particularly keen to fund research in the Sindh and Punjab provinces.