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Developing Research and a Research Culture: Results from a Pilot Project in Pakistan

Nadeem Haque and David Orden

No 2020:25, PIDE-Working Papers from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Abstract: This paper argues that successful public policy requires engaged research developing ideas and evidence from diverse vantage points. Pakistan’s social science research remains fragmented, under-resourced and dependent on external agendas. We describe a five-year pilot programme to enhance Pakistan’s research culture. Seventy-two crowd-sourced and competitively-selected projects at 46 geographically dispersed institutions were supported. Provincial universities were empowered and networking with the better-placed metropolitan institutions proved mutually beneficial to scholarship. Substantial research outputs were completed in important areas of policy. We conclude that such multi-year commitments to review and network engagement are vital to strengthening policy capacity.

Keywords: Pakistan; Research Community; Social Sciences; Networking; Competitive Grants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2020
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