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  • Project

    Strengthening state capacity and enhancing bureaucratic effectiveness

    Developing state capacity is essential for promoting economic growth and development. This does not only involve developing fiscal capacity of the state by improving its resource mobilization techniques but also ensuring that a well-functioning and motivated bureaucracy is in place that can deliver essential services. Over the last decade, a reasonably large literature...

    11 Jan 2021 | Zahra Mansoor, Adnan Khan

  • Project

    Using spatial data for targeting the poor: Reaching the most vulnerable

    The lockdown of mega cities and the perceived trade-off between lives and livelihoods throws up immense policy challenges. We take up the social protection side of this challenge by constructing a targeting tool that pays attention to economic vulnerabilities, as well as requirements of disease containment. Our proposed tool geo-maps Karachi on the basis of electricity...

    23 Nov 2020 | Rashid Memon, Hussain Bux Mallah, Nazar Khan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Urban property taxes in Pakistan’s Punjab

    Property tax is a significantly under-utilised tax instrument in Punjab, accounting for only 6% of the total provincial tax. With a population of over 100 million, all of Punjab collects less urban property tax than the city of Chennai in India, home to about 10 million people. Punjab's cities have significant service delivery deficits. For example, only 35% of urban...

    2 Nov 2020 | Shahrukh Wani, Hina Shaikh, Oliver Harman

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Reforming educator accountability systems: Evidence from Pakistan

    Pakistan suffers from extremely low learning levels, and past research has shown that a lack of effective incentives for educators is a substantial contributor to this problem. Recognising this, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government wanted to reform the educator accountability system. Under a proposed reform, educator promotions would be linked to performance...

    27 Oct 2020 | Saher Asad, Masooma Habib, Naureen Karachiwalla, Katrina Kosec, Clare Leaver, Attique Ur Rehman

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Applied Development Economics Seminar Series: Dr Ali Hasanain

    Dr Ali Hasanain (Lahore University of Management Sciences) summarises new aggregated data on political violence in Pakistan, on 8 September 2020.

    27 Oct 2020

  • Blog post

    Poverty eradication in Pakistan: Past, present, and future

    While the current government in Pakistan has taken a multi-dimensional approach and introduced some measures to eradicate poverty, along with specific COVID-19 emergency interventions, many challenges still remain. We lay out our thoughts below on whether Pakistan is on track to achieving SDG1 by 2030, given that another 10 million are expected to move into poverty due to...

    12 Oct 2020 | Hina Shaikh, Anum Anis

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Presentation: Taxing urban land and property

    8 Oct 2020 | Shahrukh Wani

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Why we need to tax urban land and property?

    Shahrukh Wani, Economist at IGC’s Cities that Work initiative, presented at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi on the importance of land and property taxation in Pakistan.

    8 Oct 2020

  • Publication - Project Report

    State capacity in Punjab’s local governments: Benchmarking existing deficits

    As the developing world urbanises, there is increasing pressure to provide local public goods and local governments are expected to play an important role in their provision. However, there is little work on the nature of capacity deficits faced by local governments and whether these deficits are acting as a constraint on performance. We use financial accounts data from...

    25 Aug 2020 | Gharad Bryan, Ali Cheema, Ameera Jamal, Asad Liaqat, Gerard Padró i Miquel

  • Event

    Adaptive policymaking: Bridging planning, policy and practice in KP

    The Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) in partnership with International Growth Centre (IGC) and Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) is organising a webinar on how Pakistan’s provinces can strengthen their public service delivery and make planning more responsive. Latest research on state-building capacity by Harvard University pushes for...

    27 August 2020