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Revitalizing manufacturing (English)

On a trend decline since 1960, Pakistan's economic growth is highly dependent on financial inflows of aid and worker's remittances. Manufacturing has great potential, though, based on a growing labor force and rising urbanization and connectivity, but its poor performance stems from its largely low-skilled labor force, poor commercial environment, and failure to diversify production and climb up the technology ladder. ... See More +

Brief 79569 JUN 19, 2013

Biller, Dan; Sanchez-Triana, Ernesto

Increasing agricultural productivity (English)

Agriculture remains a socioeconomically and politically important sector in Pakistan, even as its share in the overall economy continues to fall. ... See More +

Brief 79570 JUN 19, 2013

Ahmed, S. Amer; Gautam, Madhur

Enhancing labor market conditions for vulnerable groups (English)

For the current generation of working-age adults, public interventions to increase female employment will require policies that address the social, cultural, and security constraints facing urban and rural women in entering labor markets. ... See More +

Brief 79571 JUN 19, 2013

Mete, Cem; Jamil, Rehan R.

Recovering strong positive trends in poverty and opportunity (English)

Household survey data point to declining poverty over the past decade, despite some difficulties with data from three provinces. Indeed, Pakistan has turned economic growth into poverty reduction. ... See More +

Brief 79572 JUN 19, 2013

Newman, John

Mobilizing revenue (English)

This note reviews key shortcomings in Pakistan's revenue mobilization system and provides directions for revitalizing it and raising collection by 3-4 percentage points of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the next five years. ... See More +

Brief 79583 JUN 01, 2013

Lopez-Calix, Jose R.; Touqeer, Irum

Expanding access to quality education (English)

Although Pakistan has made some progress in improving access to education over the past decade, it still faces major challenges in providing access to quality education at all levels. ... See More +

Brief 79573 JUN 01, 2013

Dundar, Halil; Waheed, Huma

Building an efficient energy sector (English)

Pakistan's energy sector is facing a serious crisis. Key challenges include large and growing shortages of energy, high energy costs, and inefficiencies that prevent the sector from financing all its costs. ... See More +

Brief 79558 JUN 01, 2013

Aziz, Rashid

Reinvigorating the agenda for open trade (English)

Pakistan's trade performance is disappointing. Despite being in a very dynamic region, the country's position in world trade has barely changed over the past three decades. ... See More +

Brief 79559 JUN 01, 2013

Kunaka, Charles; Pitigala, Nihal; Reis, Jose G.; Taglioni, Daria

Enhancing the business environment (English)

For developing countries like Pakistan, where small and medium-size enterprises make up a large share of the economy, the quality of the business environment is a critical policy area for governments to drive economic growth, create jobs, and encourage private sector competition. ... See More +

Brief 79560 JUN 01, 2013

Safavian, Mehnaz; Aftab, Sarwat; Shaikh, Sarmad

Rethinking development policy choices : contributions to the emerging agenda (English)

In recent years, the World Bank has had the honor and privilege of welcoming incoming administrations with a series of diagnostics studies and policy recommendations. ... See More +

Brief 79556 JUN 01, 2013

Lopez-Calix, Jose R.; Basim, Uzma; Benmessaoud, Rachid; Cholst, Anthony

Expanding quality health, population, and nutrition services (English)

Pakistan's health and nutrition outcomes and service coverage lag behind those in most other South Asian countries, despite slowly improving over the past decade. ... See More +

Brief 79567 JUN 01, 2013

Kazi, Shahnaz; Kostermans, Kees; Laviolette, Luc; Haq, Inaam Ul

Reforming state-owned enterprises (English)

State-owned enterprises are a sizable element in Pakistan's economic landscape- more than 100 of them operate in a wide range of economic sectors, contributing around 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and representing about a third of stock market capitalization. ... See More +

Brief 79568 JUN 01, 2013

Aftab, Sarwat; Shaikh, Sarmad Ahmed

Consolidating social protection (English)

Pakistan has taken steps to deliver social protection services, including unanimously passing the Benazir income support programme act in 2010, and setting up systems for targeted cash transfers to the poor. ... See More +

Brief 79578 JUN 01, 2013

Malik, Iftikhar; Pop, Lucian

Managing natural disasters (English)

Pakistan is prone to geological and hydro meteorological hazard events-earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones. Combined with rapid population growth, urbanization, environmental degradation, and a high concentration of people and assets in exposed areas, this hazard profile has raised population and infrastructure vulnerability, especially in urban areas. ... See More +

Brief 79579 JUN 01, 2013

Forni, Marc; Khan, Haris

Revamping governance (English)

Pakistan faces serious governance challenges that affect the state's ability to deliver services to its citizens. These challenges are a combination of weaknesses in the state's effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability. ... See More +

Brief 79580 JUN 01, 2013

Idris, Iffat; Rana, Naseer Ahmad; Touqeer, Irum

Improving financial management (English)

This note outlines Pakistan's challenges in public financial management and suggests recommendations for meeting them. The legal and institutional framework for public financial management is well structured. ... See More +

Brief 79581 JUN 01, 2013

Promoting efficient service delivery with decentralization (English)

Over the last few years, Pakistan's intra government relations have undergone major changes. While they have created many opportunities for improving service delivery, they have also created serious risks. ... See More +

Brief 79582 JUN 01, 2013

Hanid Mukhtar

Social protection in health : what are the options for Pakistan? (English)

The main objective of this note is to outline the issues that need to be considered at the planning stage; and to analyze what are the options for Government of Pakistan (GOP) to consider extending social protection to health. ... See More +

Working Paper 64406 MAY 01, 2011

Empowering women through BISP : the effect of women's decision?making power on reproductive health services uptake in Pakistan (English)

This note examines the influence of household decision making on women's uptake of reproductive health services, using data from the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM). ... See More +

Working Paper 64407 MAY 01, 2011

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Revitalizing manufacturing (English)
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JUN 19, 2013 79569 Brief
Increasing agricultural productivity (English)
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JUN 19, 2013 79570 Brief
Enhancing labor market conditions for vulnerable groups (English)
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JUN 19, 2013 79571 Brief
Recovering strong positive trends in poverty and opportunity (English)
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JUN 19, 2013 79572 Brief
Mobilizing revenue (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79583 Brief
Expanding access to quality education (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79573 Brief
Building an efficient energy sector (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79558 Brief
Reinvigorating the agenda for open trade (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79559 Brief
Enhancing the business environment (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79560 Brief
Rethinking development policy choices : contributions to the emerging agenda (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79556 Brief
Expanding quality health, population, and nutrition services (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79567 Brief
Reforming state-owned enterprises (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79568 Brief
Consolidating social protection (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79578 Brief
Managing natural disasters (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79579 Brief
Revamping governance (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79580 Brief
Improving financial management (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79581 Brief
Promoting efficient service delivery with decentralization (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 79582 Brief
Social protection in health : what are the options for Pakistan? (English)
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MAY 01, 2011 64406 Working Paper
Empowering women through BISP : the effect of women's decision?making power on reproductive health services uptake in Pakistan (English)
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MAY 01, 2011 64407 Working Paper