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Ali Cheema

CERP and LUMS, Pakistan

Dr Ali Cheema is one of the founding members and current research fellows at the Center of Economic Research in Pakistan CERP and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS).

He is also an Associate Professor of Economics (currently on leave) and a former head of department (2004-2007) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Cheema has extensive experience in research and policy work in the field of economics. He co-convened the Initiative of Policy Dialogue (IPD), Columbia University, Taskforce on Decentralization and was one of the founding members of the Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (RISEPAK). He has recently worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, DFID and the World Bank and has served on high level provincial and federal government taskforces and committees.

Dr. Cheema holds a BA (Honors) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. He received his MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development, and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Research

Project

Protected: Gendered Contentions (part of the A4EA programme)

Gendered Contentions in FCVAS: Unpacking Women’s Leadership, Empowerment and Accountability Part of the A4EA programme. Under what conditions does women’s social and political action contribute to the strengthening of women’s empowerment and lead to accountability outcomes that promote...

Project

Pathways to Accountability Bargains (part of the A4EA research programme)

This research theme, under the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) Research Programme, is concerned with the following question: how can stable and inclusive political settlements (among elites) and a just social contract (between elites and different social groups) emerge that are...

Publications

Working Paper

Invisible Citizens: Why More Women in Pakistan Do Not Vote

IDS Working Paper 524

Why does a gender gap in voting exist in Pakistan? Our research looks beyond the creation of democratic spaces for women's participation, such as voter registration, to look instead at the constraints that women face in being able to use such spaces. This paper uses qualitative fieldwork...

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Ali Cheema & 3 others

20 February 2019