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Pathways to Development Conference

From 18 Dec 2023 9:00 until 20 Dec 2023 17:00

The second Pathways to Development Conference will bring together empirical work in economics, sociology, politics and political economy, to find solutions to the grand challenges constraining sustainable growth in Pakistan and the region.

Economic growth and poverty reduction can, and often do, exist with widening inequalities between and within countries. Inequalities matter because unequal societies have lower levels of human capital, less social cohesion and lower trust in the state. Inequalities threaten to destabilise societies, arrest development and create injustice and indignity for the poor and marginalised. Economic, social and political inequalities can systematically exclude marginalised groups from any progress experienced by wider society.

While economic growth rates are a mainstay in policy planning, much less attention is paid to how growth, development, participation, and progress is distributed across geographies and populations, or the ways in which burdens of poverty, violence and climate change are disproportionately borne by the few. Various forms of inequalities – gender, vast differences in wealth, identity-based discrimination along ethnic, religious and linguistic lines, by location and disabilities – intersect to exacerbate the effects of one on the other.

Led by the Institute of Development & Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), the conference is jointly organised by the following consortium partners:

  • Chaudhry Nazar Muhammad Department of Economics at LUMS
  • Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC)
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
  • International Initiatives (Pakistan Hub)
  • Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR)
  • International Growth Centre (IGC)
  • Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

Keynote Speakers at PathDev 2023

  • Dr. Amaney A. Jamal, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) Princeton University
  • Dr. Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development
    London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Dr. Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy
    Oxford University
  • Dr. Steven Wilkinson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Yale University

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