Brief Institutional profiles for Gender, Equity and Social Policy

No Name Org type Current research capacity (senior, mid-career, junior staff) Thematic focus Methodological and geographic focus Main donor/funding/client Research Projects/Publications
1 Development Policy Research Center at Lahore University of Management Sciences Academic/ Research Institute Senior researchers:28, Mid-career:14 Governance, Economics, Social Policy, Education
Quantitative/ Qualitative/ Both         

Nation-wideLocation : Lahore


1)       Project on Access to Social Services and Child Labor in Cotton-Growing Districts of Pakistan (funded by UNICEF) (Accepted)

2)       UNICEF funded study on Women and Children (On going)

3)       Flood Maps (Joint Venture between IGC and Suparco) (Completed)


2 Institute of Public Policy, Beacon house National University (IPP-BNU) Academic/ Research Institute Research fellows:3, Research Associates:4 Economics; Governance; Social Policy; Peace & Conflict Studies
Quantitative/ Qualitative/ Both         Nation-WideLocation: Lahore
DFID, WB, USAID and the government of Punjab (contractual work only, no endowments) Projects:

1)       Scenario Forecasting For Pakistan Economy 2011-2016,

2)       Punjab Social Expenditures: Education, Health, Urban Water Supply- Issues Paper

3)       Process Oriented Poverty Focused Gender Based Analysis of Punjab’s Budget 2009-10,

4)       Accelerating the Pace of Economic and Social Change in Punjab, 2007-2020 by Developing Provinces Resources and Integrating the Economy of Punjab with the Economies in the Region,

5)       Curbing the Use of Tobacco in Pakistan

3 Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) Advocacy/ Research Institute Senior Researchers:3, Mid-Career:8, Junior researchers:16 Education; Social Policy;Evaluation;Peace & Conflict Studies;Governance
Quantitative/ Qualitative/ BothNation-wideLocation: Islamabad
DFID, OSI, OXFAM,UNDP Publication and reports:

1)       Aid effectiveness in Pakistan: A citizen’s perspectiive

2)       Compensating civilian victims of conflict and terrorism in Pakistan

3)       A baseline study of community participation in school management 

4 Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) Advocacy/ Research Institute Principal Economists:5, Economists:3, Researcher:2, Research Associate:1 Economics (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Public Finance and International Trade); Governance (Governance and Poverty);  Social Policy (Gender and social development issues)
Quantitative (mostly)/ Qualitative/ BothNation-wideLocation: Karachi
IDRC, Norwegian Embassy, WB, CIDA (funded by CIDA in past) Publications:(2007-2012)

1)     Social Development in Pakistan:Devolution and social Development (2012)

2)    Social Development in Pakistan: Social Impact of the Security Crisis (2010)

3)    Social Development in Pakistan: Women at Work (2009)

4)    Social Development in Pakistan: Devolution and Human Development in Pakistan (2007) 

5 Institute of Development and Economic alternatives (IDEAS) Think Tank Total Senior researchers: 7 (permenant:3, Visiting:4)Midcareer: NoneJunior: Varies from project to project (permanent: None) Economics, Education, Governance, Conflict and Peace(Public Finance and Fiscal federation, Human Development, Political economy and marginalization, governance and social exclusion)
Quantitative /Qualitative/ Both

Nation-wideLocation: Lahore

Open Society Foundation (OSF)  None (Projects are in the pipeline)
6 Gender studies Centre –QAU Research Centre   Social Policy (Gender), Governance
????Location: Islamabad
7 Innovative development Strategies (IDS) Think Tank PhDs: 6, Mid-career: 20 Economic Policy Analysis, Agriculture and Rural Development, Development of Domestic Commerce and Trade, Social Sector Development, Child Rights and Gender Issues, Industrial Development, Globalization, Sustainable Development.
Quantitative (mostly) /Qualitative/ BothNation-wideLocation: Islamabad
DFID, IFPRI, WB, USAID, ADB, UNDP, JICA, OMI, GINI, PPAF, IFAD, World Food, Pakistan Microfinance Network,  FAO, HEC Projects: (Total Completed projects:56, On-going Projects: 3)Name of Project-date (donor):

1)Pakistan Rural Household Aspirations Survey-2011 (Pakistan Strategy Support Program)

2)Survey on Farmer’s Choice of Wheat Varieties in Punjab –

2)Pakistan-2011(International Food Policy Research Institute)

3)Survey on Social Safety Nets-2011 (Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund)

4)Poverty and Social Impact Analysis of the National

4)Trade Corridor Improvement Program-2010 (WB)

5)Organization of a series of workshops for the formulation of policy for inclusive growth in Pakistan-2010 (DFID& Planning Commission)

8 Political Science Department University of Peshawar Academic research Centre Senior in-house researchers:6,Mid-career in-house researchers:5 Social Policy, Conflict and Peace
Quantitative /Qualitative/ BothKPK (mainly, excluding the war struck areas.)Location: Peshawar
University of Peshawar, USAID(only one project so far) ???
9 Pakistan Strategy Support Program-IFPRI Research Institute Senior researchers:5, Mid-career researchers:4, Junior researchers: many Nutrition, Economics, Education, Governance and social Policy(Agriculture Production from farm to households, Agricultural processing and consumption, market prices of agricultural products, water and irrigation, macroeconomics and trade, policy impacts on broad level, poverty dynamics and safety nets.)
Quantitative (mainly) /Qualitative/ BothPunjab, Sindh and KPK(excluding the conflict zones)Location: Peshawar
USAID (main donor of the programme) Latest Publications:

1.    A 2007-08 Social Accounting Matrix for Pakistan (sept.2012)

2.    Rehabilitating Agriculture and promoting food Security following the 2010 Pakistan Floods

10 National research and Development Foundation (NRDF) Independent Research Institute NRDF has a network of 12000 ulama. Education, Health, Economics, Governance, Social Policy, Conflict and Peace.(gender gap in primary education, Madaris reform, capacity building of Ulemas, women and children rights, perspective of Islam on matters of conflict)
Quantitative (mainly) /Qualitative/ BothPunjab and  KPK (mainly),Sindh and Baluchistan (certain projects)Location: Peshawar
UNICEF, FFF, USAID, ILO, UNFPA, GTZ, The Asia Foundation, Heinrich Bol Foundation, WB, BC, WWF, Plan Pakistan, University of Peshawar  Projects:


1)    Role of Religious Scholars in the Elimination of Bonded Labour

2)    Election and Islam and the Importance of Women’s Voting

3)    Community Mobilization and Involving Imams in Anti Trafficking (COMPIAT) Project in Bangladesh

4)    Strengthening Moderation and Pluralism in Pakistanrole

5)    Promoting Peace and Tolerance in Pakistani Mabirdaris

6)    Producing two Booklets on “Women and Human Rights in Islam

7)    Review of Child Labor Related Legislation and Enforcement Mechanisms in Pakistan

8)    Capacity Building of Ulama

9)    Capacity Building of Local Communities and Religious Institutions in Khyber PakhtunKhwa

10)Capacity Building of Religious leaders and Religious Institutions

11)Involving Ulama in Environmental Rehabilitation

12)Ulama Involvement in the Development Process in Pakistan

11 Collective for Social Science Research (CSSR) Advocacy/ Research Institute Senior Researchers: 3, Research Associates:4, Research Officers:3, Research Assistant: 2, Visiting Researchers: 3 Health, Education, Economics, Gender and Social Policy.  
Quantitative/Qualitative (mostly)/ BothNation-wide and abroad (Afghanistan, Thailand etc)Location: Karachi
As the organization is profit making, it bids for the projects (advertised by the national and international agencies). It does not get any grant from either government or private sector. Projects: (2011-2012)

1)    Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility- 2012

2)    Impact Assessment of DFID’s Improved Citizens Engagement through Devolution (ICED) project(February 2012 – May 2012)

3)    Kinship Groups and Marginality(December 2011 - )

4)    Mapping and Assessment of Child Protection in Pakistan(November 2011 - ) 

12 Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC-KU) Research Institute Total Number of PhDs:7,Total number of MPhils:7, Total MA and MScs: 20 Research Professors:2, Senior Research Economists:4, Research Economists:6, Visiting Research fellows:13, Staff Economists:11, Junior Faculty members: 6 Social sector, public finance, trade, poverty, gender, health and educationWebsite:Urban, Education, health, nutrition, public finance, poverty, gender , environment, Agriculture, human development
Quantitative (mostly in the past)/Qualitative/ BothNation-wideLocation: Karachi
Federal and Sindh Government,  HEC, IMF, WB, ADB, UNDPWebsite:World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, International Labor Organization, Harvard Institute for International Development, European Union, Inter-Agency Gender and Development Group, Free University, Amsterdam, International Food Policy Research Institute, Ford Foundation and Hajj Research Centre, Umm-ul-Qura University, Mekkah. Research has also been undertaken for Pakistan Agriculture Research Council, Planning Commission, National Taxation Reforms Commission, Government of Sindh, Sindh Regional Plan Organization, Agriculture Development Council, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Karachi Development Authority, City District Government, the Aga Khan University and the Export Promotion Bureau  Projects:


1)    Gender Differences: Understanding Perceptions (USAID/Aurat Foundation, 2012)

2)    Mainstreaming Gender in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (Inter Agency Gender and Development Group, 2003)

3)     Tracking Public Expenditure on Primary Education and Basic Health for Poverty Reduction (Centre for Poverty Reduction and Income Distribution, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan, 2003)

4)    Poverty Trends in Pakistan: Rural and Urban Poverty Levels (World Bank, 1991-92)

5)    5)Project Evaluation of Family Welfare through NGO (UNFPA, Islamabad, 1999)     

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