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Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan

May 6

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

SDPI, Islamabad

is open to all. You may confirm your participation through an email or phone at
contact details given below. The event can also be watched live at

About the Book:

global scholarly community concerned with development and social transformation
has identified explicit “structural impediments” that constrain
countries’ efforts to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable social

UNDP, in launching its ‘Millennium Development Goals’, contends that there are
“practical, proven solutions” to breaking out of the poverty traps that
entangle poor countries.

Pakistan, there has been limited substantive research conducted to identify the
unique blend of ‘structural impediments to development’ that prevail in the
country today. The book “Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan”
seeks to rectify this void by bringing together scholars and practitioners, ­many
of them from Pakistan­, to provide a scholarly understanding of the structural
impediments, or barriers, that have negative effects on Pakistan’s ability to
eliminate poverty, promote social justice and implement policies to promote
equity. The book is an essential tool for analysis, study and practice.


  • Professor
    Dr. Anita M. Weiss, Head of International Studies Department, University of
    Oregon, USA
  • Dr Saba Gul
    Khattak, Former Member, Planning Commission of Pakistan


  • Ms Khawar
    Mumtaz, Chairperson, National Commission on Status of Women
  • Mr Badar
    Alam, Editor, Herald Pakistan