Policy Analysis on Pakistan

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What we still don't know about the lawyers movement ten years later

Ten years ago, the suspension of Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary by Pesident Pervez Musharraf spawned a popular protest movement in support of an independent judiciary. The movement and its aftermath - the re-instatement of the Chief Justice and the judiciary, an end to emergency rule and the resignation of Musharraf - has fascinated observers around the world as an example of judicial activism with major political results. In a new retrospective of the movement, Maryam Khan, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), moves beyond this popular legacy and raises important questions about the protest that remain unanswered.

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Strengthening competition in Pakistan's local democracy

In an expanded version of a previous blog post, researchers affiliated with IDEAS and CDPR provide insights on democratic reforms based on data from the 2015 local elections in Punjab's Sargodha district. They identify the major problems undermining effectiveness of local elections to make democracy truly representative and conducive to service delivery, and they list the interventions needed to improve the democratic process.

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Enabling teachers to become drivers of education reform

Policy makers are catching on to the idea that effective education reform will require local solutions driven from within schools, rather than through top-down legislation from the provincial or federal governments. Head teachers, who play a key managerial and instructive role for other teachers at government schools, have the potential to spearhead changes to improve learning outcomes. But there is currently little incentive for them to do so, and the wide-ranging demands of their jobs leave hardly any time for implementing reforms. Amal Aslam, Research Manager at IDEAS, discusses the current barriers that future education reforms will need to overcome to empower head teachers.   

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Lahore Policy Exchange
Lahore Event: How local business can benefit from CPEC

CPEC is perhaps the most talked about economic issue in Pakistan today. Regardless of whether it is seen as a paradigm shift for the economy or merely a road for Chinese exporters, all agree that Pakistan will only benefit from CPEC investments if local firms are able to use them to their advantage. Making that happen will be the big policy challenge that determines whether CPEC really does transform Pakistan.

Three speakers will appear at CDPR's next event, "How local business can benefit from CPEC", being held on Friday, 24th March 2017 from 3:00-4:30 PM.

Hasaan Khawar, CDPR Fellow and regulatory expert, will lay out the key policy issues surrounding CPEC and the private sector. 

Dastagir Ghulam, Chairman of the Executive Advisory Committee for CPEC projects in Khyber Pakhtunkwha (KP), will discuss how KP's private sector can benefit from CPEC. 

Mujtaba Piracha, Secretary Industries, Commerce and Investment Department, Government of Punjab will discuss how Punjab's private sector can benefit from CPEC. 

CDPR Board Treasurer and former Asian Development Bank official Naved Hamid will moderate the discussion. 

Tea and coffee will be served after the event.

To attend the event, please RSVP to by tomorrow, March 23rd. 
Job Opportunity
Research Associate, Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS)

IDEAS, a Lahore-based think tank, is hiring a research associate for a new project on women's mobilisation to participate in Pakistan's 2018 elections. This is a full-time position based in Lahore that will also involve occasional visits to rural and urban locations. 

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How a targeted training programme may help Bangladeshis better access garment sector jobs 

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About CDPR
In Pakistan, policy decisions and public discourse are often uninformed by available research. The Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) bridges this gap by communicating cutting-edge, evidence-based research on development issues in Pakistan to an audience of policymakers, students, the media and the wider public. With support from the International Growth Centre (IGC), CDPR disseminates policy briefs, hosts events, engages with the media and produces digital content to make topics in development research such as economic growth, energy, education, health and governance intelligible to both decision makers and the public.
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