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  • Publication - Project Report

    The institutional and urban design of Gwadar City

    13 May 2019 | Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar, Liou Xie, Komal Shakeel, Sohaib Jamali, Maira Khan, Khawer Hayat Cheema, Misha Shahid

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    When imports matter for exports: Firm level evidence from Pakistan

    This study by Dr. Salamat Ali, Dr Mohammad A. Razzaque, and Shafqat Ali Khan investigated the linkages between liberalisation of imports and diversification of exports by using detailed firm-level data on imports, exports, and production for Pakistan. The study used an administrative dataset of exports, imports, and domestic sales for the period 2000-2016. The import...

    8 May 2019 | Salamat Ali, Mohammad A. Razzaque, Shafqat Ali Khan Niazi, Ghazan Jamal

  • Blog post

    Don’t shoot the messenger – electricity theft and trust in Karachi, Pakistan

    We assume that more information makes markets work better. Information can provide individuals incentives to act better. However, in some situations, information on poor behaviour can lead to mistrust, not just of other people, but of the institution that delivers the message. The Karachi setting Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and industrial hub, home to 16.6...

    7 May 2019 | Adnan Haider

  • Blog post

    Should graduation programmes replace the more conventional cash transfers?

    The past decade has seen an exponential rise in social protection initiatives – mostly in the form of unconditional cash transfer programmes. In Latin America, Africa and South Asia, these emerge as promising interventions to reduce poverty. There is also a rising global trend of using conditionalities linked to such transfers to increase school enrolment, and access to...

    3 May 2019 | Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Women’s mobility and labour force participation: Early evidence from Karachi

    30 Apr 2019 | Asad Sayeed, Natasha Ansari, Usman Naeem

  • Project

    Women’s experiences of agency and mobility in the megacity of Karachi and their labour force participation

    Economic growth in South Asia is associated with employment, and improved job quality in particular. However, employment rates in South Asia overtime have remained stubborn and below those in other regions, largely attributed to persistently low female employment and participation rates (Nayar et al. 2012). Female youth labour force participation (LFP) rates in South Asia...

    30 Apr 2019 | Asad Sayeed, Natasha Ansari

  • Publication - Project Report

    Peshawar’s historic walled city: Firms, mobility, and public services

    17 Apr 2019 | James Witte, Ammar A Malik, Zahoor Ul Haq, Javed Iqbal

  • Project

    Rapid response to Pakistan’s Task Force on Energy Reforms

    Pakistan’s power sector is in deep need of reform. The sector suffers from chronic shortages not because of a lack of supply but due to the financial woes of the distribution companies operating throughout Pakistan. Of the electricity sold for use across the country, only 71% is recovered through bills. Such large losses risk collapsing the sector if left...

    17 Apr 2019 | Robin Burgess, Tim Dobermann, Michael Greenstone, Faraz Hayat, Usman Naeem

  • Blog post

    Understanding Third Tier Organisations (TTOs) in Pakistan and their role in filling public delivery gaps at the community level

    Research into Third Tier Organisations in Pakistan highlights the important work they carry out in spite of a lack of significant government funding. Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), a not-for-profit, along with its partner organizations has been working on social mobilization and development of voluntary organizations at community level across Pakistan. A...

    1 Apr 2019 | Sharmin Arif, Hina Shaikh

  • Blog post

    Public finance to improve outcomes

    Pakistan continues to face significant social and economic challenges. Provision of basic services such as health and education falls short of international standards, while women and the poor are often wholly excluded from accessing these services. At a time when the government is under pressure to demonstrate fiscal restraint, a strong public financial management system...

    15 Mar 2019 | Hina Shaikh