Determinants and Drivers of Poverty Reduction in Rural Pakistan

(December 2004 - September 2006)

Rural poverty reduction is a key objective of the Government of Pakistan and the Asian Development Bank. The ADB provided assistance to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Secretariat of the Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan, to commission a study on the determinants and drivers of poverty reduction and ADB’s contribution in rural Pakistan. Haris Gazdar of the Collective was engaged as team-leader. Other team members include Dr Ali Cheema and Shandana Mohmand (both of the Lahore University of Management Sciences), Arif Pervaiz, Khaleel Tetlay and Bilquis Tahira. The aim of the study is to assist policy-making by identifying and investigating structural factors associated with poverty reduction and/or resilience. An Inception Report of the project was prepared and discussed at a national workshop in January 2005. A Scoping Paper based on an extensive literature review was prepared and discussed at a national workshop in Islamabad in March 2005.

Publications and Papers

Haris Gazdar and Shandana Khan Mohmand, Thematic Paper: Social Structures in Rural Pakistan. Asian Development Bank, Islamabad. January 2006.

Keywords: Caste , Marginality , Poverty

Ali Cheema, Thematic Paper: Governance Impediments to Pro-Poor Change in Pakistan. Asian Development Bank, Islamabad. January 2006.

Keywords: Poverty , Political Economy , Decentralization

Khaleel Tetlay, Thematic Paper: Assessment of Interventions. Asian Development Bank, Islamabad. January 2006.

Keywords: Poverty

Haris Gazdar, Thematic Paper: Rural Economy and Livelihoods. Asian Development Bank, Islamabad. January 2006.

Keywords: Labour , Land , Marginality , Poverty

Haris Gazdar, Overview of Thematic Papers: Determinants and Drivers of Poverty Reduction in Rural Pakistan. Asian Development Bank, Islamabad. October 2005.

Keywords: Poverty

Haris Gazdar, Scoping Paper: Determinants and Drivers of Poverty Reduction in Rural Pakistan. Asian Development Bank, Islamabad. April 2005.

Keywords: Poverty

Haris Gazdar, Inception Report: Determinants and Drivers of Poverty Reduction in Rural Pakistan. Asian Development Bank, Islamabad. January 2005.

Keywords: Poverty