Policy Analysis on Pakistan

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Why women's empowerment drives economic development

It's an intuitive notion: Women are half of the global population; doesn't limiting the capacity of half of the world's people to be productive citizens slow down economic development? Yet women across the world still face greater social and institutional barriers to achieving their full potential than men do. Lauren Woodbury, Program Manager at the Women's Health Intervention and Development Initiative, presents the global evidence demonstrating the strong link between women's empowerment and economic growth. She argues that Pakistan's policymakers would be wise to make women's empowerment a core part of development policy, rather than a niche social issue. 

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Lahore Policy Exchange

CDPR Event: Inequality in Pakistan

CDPR's Lahore Policy Exchange, titled "Inequality in Pakistan", will be held at its office in Lahore this Friday on March 10th. RSVP to to attend.

Though Pakistan is growing, access to goods, services and opportunities varies widely by income level, education and identity. This is because prevailing structures and institutions perpetuate inequality and prevent those with the lowest access from upward mobility. 

How severe is the problem, and how can Pakistan bridge the gaps moving forward? 

To address this topic, the event will feature two panelists:

Khalil Hamdani, Visiting Professor at the Lahore School of Economics’ Graduate Institute of Development Studies and former senior UN official, will discuss why economic growth need to be inclusive. 

Faisal Bari, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), will discuss the problem of education and inequality. 

The conversation will be moderated by Ijaz Nabi, Chairman of the Board at CDPR. 

Tea and coffee will be served after the discussion. We look forward to your attendance.
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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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