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Pakistan Hub

Pakistan faces persistent economic, political and development challenges. While progress has been made, the economy remains weak with a spiralling debt crisis, large proportions of the population are vulnerable to negative shocks, increasingly linked to climate change. Women, youth and people with disabilities are often excluded from basic services and marginalised. The closing of civic spaces and the political polarisation further exacerbate these challenges.

The Pakistan Hub is centred on a long-term partnership between IDS and the highly regarded Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The Hub focuses on issues such as governance, women’s rights, environmental justice, through an engaging programme of research and events including a regular webinar series.

Recent work
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Pakistan Hub webinar series
The Pakistan Hub, a partnership with the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, co-hosts a number of events series. Our events include panel discussions on the political economy of development and global challenges…
18 February 2021
Pathways to Development: Equitable and sustainable growth in Pakistan
Pathways to Development is a multidisciplinary conference that brings together empirical and historical research by economists, political scientists, sociologists, legal and constitutional scholars, and law and policy reform experts, within and outside Pakistan, to document and describe the scale of challenges…
13 December 2022
Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid-19
The Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid project examined patterns of changing civic space and civic action in Mozambique, Nigeria and Pakistan during the first nine months of the Covid-19 pandemic. How did the pandemic affect already shrinking…
Unpacking Donor Action (A4EA)
How is social and political action for empowerment and accountability enabled and supported by donors working in specific fragile, conflict- and violence-affected settings? [embed]https://youtu.be/6Vs0qaz9OPo[/embed] Many donor organisations aim in some way to empower people living in contexts of fragility, conflict…
Demanding Power: Struggles Over Energy Access in Fragile Settings (A4EA)
How and under what conditions do struggles over energy access in fragile and conflict affected settings empower marginalised groups to hold public authorities to account – both over energy and more broadly? [caption id="attachment_52771" align="alignnone" width="644"] 'People board a chapa…
John Gaventa
Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme