Policy Analysis on Pakistan

Election 2018 Political Attitudes Survey in Lahore

With the next general election only a year away, now is the time to start feeling the pulse of the voters. In the first policy brief released under its Political Attitudes Survey project, the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) has released results from a survey of political opinions in three constituencies of Lahore. The brief, written by IDEAS Senior Fellow Ali Cheema and Harvard University PhD Candidate Asad Liaqat, presents voters' perceptions on topics including government performance, the honesty of leading candidates, party support, their own financial situation and the issues that matter most. Notably, economic issues emerge as the greatest concern to the surveyed constituents.

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How well are women represented in rural volunteer organisations?

Local volunteer organisations play an important role in facilitating community-level development. But what role do women play in them, and do they benefit? In a new blog post for Developing Pakistan, researchers explain the results of a recent study that measured the extent to which women are leaders and beneficiaries of rural volunteer organizations. Women in fact play an active role in their governance and they benefit as well, but representation varies widely by region, and they play a less active role than men.

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Training Course
From our partners at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP):

How can you make sure development policies and programs in Pakistan achieve maximum impact?

This question is at the core of CERP’s flagship Evidence-Based Program Design course, a five-day training designed for actors in strategic decision-making roles. Developed and led by leading faculty from Harvard University, University College London, and Lahore University of Management Sciences, the course equips participants with the technical tools to apply a structured and highly practical approach to program design and implementation, incorporating theory and evidence to maximize effectiveness.

The course uses a combination of in-class lectures, case studies, digital units made available to CERP by Harvard University, online lectures from foreign faculty, and group-based design projects, to offer a unique learning experience.

Find out more about our curriculum, agenda, faculty, and course structure here

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Interested applicants are required to fill out the application form by April 2, 11:59 p.m. 

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The program is designed for a broad range of actors who play strategic decision-making roles in their organizations, including:
  • practitioners working in the development sector
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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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