Amna Mahmood

Amna is a Country Economist for IGC Pakistan. She holds a MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating in Economic and Political Development. She has worked extensively on poverty alleviation, poverty graduation, and targeting under a research collaboration between Professors from Harvard University, MIT and LSE and the national social protection program in Pakistan. She has previously provided research support on a donor-funded capacity development program on public procurement, and has worked in risk management at a corporate bank. She had the opportunity to work at the UN headquarters in New York during the General Assembly session that saw the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Her research interests include state effectiveness and capacity, economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods, sustainable development (especially wrt alignment with the UN Agenda 2030), and political economy of governance.

Content by Amna Mahmood
  • Blog post

    How women can improve resilience and productivity of vulnerable households in Pakistan

    In this IGC project, we look at evidence from Pakistan to understand the developmental and poverty outcomes of female labour force participation, particularly in low-income and vulnerable households. This is done in the context of informing a concessional finance programme targeted at vulnerable households. However, our findings yield broader results, suggesting that if...

    6 Oct 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Blog post

    How environmental risk factors affect health and poverty in Pakistan

    Environmental risk factors such as air pollution affect health and income disproportionately in lower income households. In this IGC project, we review the long-term effects of non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, and air pollution, particularly on poverty outcomes in Pakistan. Despite lackluster economic growth in recent years, Pakistan has succeeded in reducing...

    4 Oct 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Blog post

    How Pakistan can finance its greenhouse gas emissions reduction

    Meeting targets for emissions reduction requires innovative strategy, especially in coal-dependent, emissions-heavy countries. This strategy also requires a comprehensive plan to finance the energy transition. The Government of Pakistan can leverage concessional climate finance from abroad through nature-based debt swaps, carbon-trading provisions, and more comprehensive...

    12 Sep 2022 | Ijaz Nabi, William P. Mako, Amna Mahmood

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Recent developments in climate finance: Implications for Pakistan

    The Government of Pakistan (GoP) has ambitious plans for reducing 2030 greenhouse gas emissions to 50% of baseline projected levels. These plans anticipate USD 151 billion of investment just for energy sector mitigation projects by 2040. In the GoP’s view, any 50% reduction below baseline projected emissions should be financed 15% from domestic sources and 35% from...

    1 Sep 2022 | Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, William P. Mako, Shehryar Khan

  • Publication - Project Report

    The path to a successful Pakistan

    Despite lackluster economic growth, Pakistan has succeeded in sharply reducing endemic poverty. However, a large share of low income households, engaged in low productivity occupations, lies just above the poverty line. Such households are vulnerable to economic shocks (such as the one associated with COVID-19, sharp energy price increase, food price inflation, health...

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Strengthening low-income household support programmes

    This policy brief investigates how integrating actions to improve air and water quality and create income earning opportunities for women can improve low-income support programmes.

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Sanval Nasim, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said

  • Project

    Kamyab Pakistan Programme: Making it green and gender-inclusive

    The Kamyab Pakistan Programme (KPP) was launched by the Prime Minister on October 4 2021 to address low-income households’ vulnerability to income shocks. Under KPP, the government will provide subsidised, interest-free microloans to 3.7 million families over a period of five years to support growth of small firms and farms. The KPP aims to reduce poverty and transition...

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim