Showing all content in Pakistan

  • Project

    Supporting Pakistan’s power sector reforms

    Pakistan's power sector is in deep need of reform. It suffers from chronic shortages, not due to a lack of supply, but because of the financial woes of the public distribution companies operating throughout Pakistan. Only 71% of the electricity sold for use across the country is recovered through bills. The total ‘circular debt’ of the electricity sector amounts to...

    10 Oct 2019 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Tim Dobermann, Faraz Hayat, Usman Naeem

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    Addressing challenges of women's mobility in Punjab

    Issues regarding safety and social norms can deter women from using modes of public transport and constrain them from entering the workforce. This video explores three IGC projects in Pakistan that aim to understand the problem and provide solutions for policymakers.

    10 Oct 2019

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    Mission creep and motivation among community health workers in Pakistan

    Poor communication and multiple tasks from the Department of Health and Lady Health Worker Programme managers renders workers unsure of their mission and unmotivated. Pakistan is home to high child mortality rates. According to the Pakistan Social and Living Measurement (PSLM) Survey 2014-15, in rural Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), one in ten children suffer a bout of diarrhoea...

    1 Oct 2019 | Yasir Khan

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    Estimating real-time income projections for sub-National regions of Pakistan with a specific focus on extreme poverty

    There has never been a serious effort to allocate intellectual capital to determine poverty rates and project incomes at a district level in Pakistan. In order to fill this gap, this project aims to develop an innovative IT infrastructure that will equip policymakers with the necessary tool to monitor and evaluate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a...

    23 Sep 2019 | Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Martin Hofer, Attique Ur Rehman

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    The institutional and urban design of Gwadar City

    The institutional framework and urban design of cities in today's world is key to their future prosperity as centres of intellectual excellence and as propellers of global economic growth. This project focuses on Gwadar city and explores the optimal administrative structure and policy initiatives feeding into its urban design that can help spur economic growth in the...

    20 Sep 2019 | Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar, Komal Shakeel, Liou Xie

  • Blog post

    Flexible payment plans for improved access to off-grid energy in Pakistan

    There are approximately 144 million individuals in Pakistan who reside in either completely off-grid areas – areas that are too far away to connect to the grid - or in ‘bad’-grid areas where load shedding exceeds 12 hours per day (IFC, 2015). Households and businesses in off-grid and bad-grid areas spend an average of 14% of their monthly disposable income on kerosene...

    9 Sep 2019 | Jacopo Bonan, Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said

  • Project

    Political economy of road networks: What happens to a local economy when a new road is built?

    The processes that involve the provision of public goods like paved streets, electricity, gas and piped water connections are highly contested and politicised in Pakistan. As a result, differences in the provision of public goods exist across dimensions of class, caste/biraderi, gender and locality. The differential and uneven provision of public goods, not only further...

    16 Aug 2019 | Danish Khan, Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Shahram Azhar

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    Electricity and public goods provision in Karachi, Pakistan

    In large parts of the developing world where democracy and democratic institutions such as legislature, courts and civil society are weakly institutionalised, the provision of public goods to the most disenfranchised members of society falls through the cracks. This project focuses on the privatisation of electricity, a public good that at the turn of the millennia is...

    16 Aug 2019 | Erum Haider

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    Key policy messages for Pakistan’s new government

    Ahead of the upcoming general elections in Pakistan, there is a growing perception that the government administration will be overhauled as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) forms a new government. In the case that PTI does not form a government, the country team will still be keen to engage with the new government regardless of the party. The primary objective of this...

    16 Aug 2019 | Umair Javed

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    A framework for affordable housing in Pakistan

    Pakistan’s population explosion and rapid urbanisation has left a growing number of people without access to decent, stable, affordable housing. The last census, in 2017, documents a housing stock of 32.2 million, of which 39% is urban. The urban population is expected to grow by 2.3 million people per year over the next 20 years. This translates into the demand for...

    13 Aug 2019 | Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Hina Shaikh