Pakistan Hub

start date
10 June 2020

The Pakistan Hub provides focus in a country at the leading edge of development thinking and practice and is centered on a long-term partnership between IDS and the highly regarded Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). It recognises that tackling challenges such as climate change, poverty and injustice requires knowledge sharing, mutual learning and collaboration inclusive of diverse perspectives within Pakistan and globally. 

The Pakistan Hub has been convened to create space where researchers from within and outside of Pakistan can share, learn and workIt brings together researchers from IDS and the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) and Saida Waheed Gender Initiativeother research institutes and universitiescivil society organisations; government institutions; communities and global actors including the private sector. By better understanding fast emerging perspectives, it aims to strengthen development thinking and practice, moving beyond OECD country perspectives on Pakistan to include multiple, diverse voices that can lead to policy impacts and generate actionable solutions 

The Pakistan Hub is part of an evolving global network of IDS International Initiatives that includes Brazil, China, Europe, and Ghana with emerging opportunities for global partnerships and learning through shared experience.  


The Pakistan Hub’s collaborative activities centre around four strands: 

  1. Co-hosted events by IDS and LUMS-MHRC. These include the Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture series; political economy of development webinar series; and a global challenges webinar series. Upcoming events are listed below.  
  2. Co-development of the flagship periodic South Asia Human Development Report. Since it was founded in 1995, MHRC has published 19 South Asia Human Development Reports focusing on education, health, women’s empowerment, poverty reduction, agricultural development, regional cooperation and governance. These reports have been used widely by policy makers, academic institutions and development practitioners in the region. Mobilising our in-house expertise and networks of both institutes, we will bring together work and partnerships on multiple themes within Pakistan and South Asia to deepen and enhance engagement with the challenges, perspectives, opportunities and institutions of the region.   
  3. Collaborative research projects across the themes of governance, social protection and disaster risk management, gender, climate change, agriculture and food security, education and other development challenges. 
  4. Executive training courses connected to research projects and the South Asia Human Development Report. 
  5. Other co-hosted events with partners across Pakistan that synthesise research findings and themes 

Partner with us

We are actively looking to strengthen partnerships and networks to joint fund raise for collaborations across the following activity areas: 

  • Co-production of the South Asia Human Development Report 
  • Teaching and learning – including guest lectures, and professional development short courses 
  • Research across the themes listed above 
  • Engagement with policy, civil society and private sector actors through the development of the South Asia Human Development Report 
  • Visiting fellowships and scholarships 

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Shandana Khan Mohmand.

Partnerships in Pakistan

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is one of the most respected universities in Pakistan, with expertise spanning humanities and social sciences; education; science and engineering; business and law. Ali Cheema, Director of the MHRC, is on the IDS Board of Trustees. LUMS led on a project on State Capacity under the IDS-convened Future State Development Research Centre from 2005-2010 and are now engaged in the IDS-led Action for Accountability programme, looking at Accountability for women’s equality, and gendered contentions in Fragile, Conflict- and Violence Affected Settings.

IDS worked with the Collective for Social Science Research (CSSR) in Karachi on the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) project between 2012 and 2016, as well as Food and Nutrition security in volatile settings (2013-2016), and Action for Accountability.

The Institute for Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) in Lahore is another longstanding partner. Ali Cheema, a Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS, is on the IDS Board of Trustees while Shandana Khan Mohmand is an Associate Fellow at IDEAS. They are core partners in the A4EA programme, and the IMDP Conflict and Governance framework. Ali Cheema is a Co-PI on IDS’s ESRC Social Trust grant (led by Patricia Justino) and Maryam Khan is a Co-PI IDS’s ESRC Large grant on Sustaining Power (led by Deepta Chopra).

Other partners include the Agha Khan University (AKU) in Karachi, the Management Development Centre (MDC) in Hyderabad, the Accountability Lab in Islamabad, and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.   


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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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John Gaventa

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

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Lies Lauwers

Partnerships and Fundraising Officer

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Mariz Tadros

Director (CREID)

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Miguel Loureiro

Research Fellow

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Patricia Justino

Professorial Fellow

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Rosemary McGee

Research Fellow

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Shandana Khan Mohmand

Cluster leader and Research Fellow



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