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Policymakers view Pakistan as one of the most critical fronts in efforts to combat violent extremism. Different US administrations have taken divergent approaches on development assistance to the country. In 2010, a CGD study group drew lessons from past experiences to offer practical recommendations to US policymakers on the effective deployment of foreign assistance and other, non-aid instruments for achieving sustainable development in Pakistan. It suggested better ways to deploy aid, and ideas to unlock the potential of trade and private investment.
This is a joint post with Wren Elhai and Molly Kinder.
The news of Osama bin Laden’s death in a hideout in Pakistan raises fresh questions about the future of the U.S. development program in that country. That bin Laden was found in the army town of Abbottabad - the Pakistani equivalent of West Point -- has fueled suspicions that Pakistan’s leaders have been unhelpful at best and double dealing at worst. Some are asking: if Pakistan won’t help the United States, why should American taxpayers keep giving them so much foreign aid?
Center for Global Development presents a brownbag seminar onCreating a Place for the Future: Toward a New Development Approach for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
FeaturingProfessor Philip Auerswald
George Mason University
With discussant Professor Paula Newberg
March 18, 201112:00pm--1:30pm
Please bring your lunch--beverages provided
at Center for Global Development1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC*Please bring photo identification*
Abstract: For six decades, Pakistan has faced, and intermittently overcome, conflict and calamity. Today Pakistan confronts a new round of immediate challenges and urgent demands. Yet, it is precisely at this moment of apparent crisis—in the aftermath of a devastating flood and with security concerns continuing to dominate the national agenda—that the need to change the discourse about the country’s development has become most apparent. Reactive tactics and dependence on external aid are not helping Pakistan to develop or to realize its potential. Sustained and sustainable development cannot come from a collection of projects, no matter how well intended. This study of entrepreneurship and markets outlines a development approach for Pakistan focused on enhancing competition, encouraging entrepreneurship, and minimizing transactions costs.