Research Projects

On Going

Sadia Malik

  • Research study on Growth, Employment and Poverty in South Asia in the context of Current Financial Crisis  funded by South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI).
  • Sadia M. Malik. “Horizontal Inequalities and Violent Conflict in Pakistan: Is there a Link?”

Yasin Janjua

  • Baseline Study of Bari Imam Colony for initiating a Child Rights Based intervention by Plan International Pakistan.
  • Consultant to conduct background research using Time Use Survey data of Pakistan funded by the World Bank. The background research will contribute the review of National Social Protection Strategy for Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) Monitoring Project .
  • Research study on Growth, Employment and Poverty in South Asia in the context of Current Financial Crisis  funded by South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI).
  • Inflation and economic growth in a cross section results revisited
  • Inflation and economic growth in the US: a regime switching model
  • Skills development through TVET and its implications for economic growth and industrialization in Pakistan
  • Information Asymmetries in North-South Aid Partnerships.

Completed

Sadia Malik

  • Written a Paper with Yasin Janjua, titled: Do Institutions Matter for Human Development? For Von Hügel Institute/Capability and Sustainability Network, University of Cambridge, UK for workshop on 20 years of Human Development.
  • Sadia M. Malik “Unravelling the Causes of Health Inequality across Countries: The Role of Geography and Institutions.”
  • Sadia M. Malik “The Relationship between Income, Income Inequality and Health: Some Methodological Issues”.

Yasin Janjua

  • Worked with the World Bank TVET mission to support the reorientation of TVET system in the Sindh and the Punjab Province. The objective was to develop a US$20 Million technical assistance for Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) reform, in the Sindh Province with a major focus on short-term vocational trainings for youth under Benazir Bhutto Youth Development Program (BBSYDP) and Institutional Sterngthening of the Sindh TEVTA. Prepared Institutional Assessment of STEVTA; Background Research on TEVT Issues; Employer Study in Sindh Province; Tracer Study of BBSYDP Graduates.
  • For European Union (EU) Mission to Pakistan worked as team-leader to conceive and develop a 4.5 Million Euro Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA-III) with a focus on Private Sector Development (PSD) for export promotion in Pakistan.
  • Written a Paper with Sadia Malik, titled: Do Institutions Matter for Human Development? For Von Hügel Institute/Capability and Sustainability Network, University of Cambridge, UK for workshop on 20 years of Human Development.
  • Completed institutional assessments for capacity building of two apex training organizations NAVTEC at federal level and Sindh TEVTA at provincial level. The assessment includes review of legal framework, rules of business, financial and procurement system, HR policies and HR capacity, Funding mechanism, and an overall assessment of STEVTA institutions and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program.
  • Briefly worked as a team-leader with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) on behalf of SEBCON to develop and implement a training program for PPAF and Partner Organization (PO) staff on designing market demand led vocational skills development programs through training need assessments (TNA), market research studies, and labor market demand analysis for promoting youth employment in the Sindh and Baluchistan (the project work was discontinued due to some technical difficulties at PPAF’s end).
  • As a resource person with Pakistan Health Economics Network (PHEN) and Health Services Academy (HSA) delivered trainings to ministry of health personnel and district health managers on Satellite National Health Accounts and District Health Planning issues, respectively, sponsored by GTZ and WHO.
  • Team Leader/Director Research and lead author to prepare five studies to help design a coherent donor approach to support the implementation of the National Skills Strategy, Pakistan. The studies include a background situation analysis paper on the current status of Pakistan’s TVET system and four working papers on NAVTEC’s capacity and constraints, the informal sector in Pakistan, International donor cooperation in the area of TVET, and costing and financing of TVET system in Pakistan. Managed a team of seven consultants. Prepared national and provincial TVET profiles and pathways to skills acquisition in Pakistan. The studies are commissioned by a consortium of donors which includes EC, GTZ, and DFID.
  • Team leader and lead author for Identification of Quick Impact Measure (QIM) to be financed by innovative project fund for reforming TVET System in Pakistan. The study required identification of principal growth sectors of the economy and an assessment of their skill needs to devise demand based training courses for marginalized communities and business growth areas of Pakistan. The QIM project includes 12 proposals focused on reorienting skills acquisition under TVET reform agenda presented in NSS. The projects will be implemented by BRSP, SDC, SEC, SCCI, UNESCO, BEST, and Women Polytechnic Institute, Islamabad. Managed a team of four researchers. The study is commissioned by a consortium of donors including EC, GTZ, and DFID.
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