2014 Global Hunger Index

On Monday, October 13th, 2014, IFPRI launched the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report -  ninth in an annual series that presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made progress in reducing hunger since 1990, but still has far to go, with levels of hunger remaining “alarming” or >> Read more

Policy Seminar: Food Consumption Patterns and Nutritional Status in Pakistan

On October 2nd, 2014, PSSP held a policy seminar in Islamabad on “Food Consumption Pattern and Nutritional Status in Pakistan.” Dr. Hina Nazli, Amina Mehmood, and Asma Shahzad discussed the prevalence of malnutrition in the country and Dr. Steve Davies, PSSP Chief of Party, moderated the event. The seminar was attended by key government and private sector stakeholders which >> Read more

Public Investment Efficiency and Sectoral Economic Growth in Pakistan

PSSP Working Paper number 022 “Public Investment Efficiency and Sectoral Economic Growth in Pakistan” compares the effects of sectoral and aggregate public investments on sectoral private investment, output, and employment for eight sectors of the economy. The authors estimate the elasticities of private investment with respect to aggregate and sectoral public investments to find crowding-out >> Read more

PSSP Seminar in Washington DC: Addressing the Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan

On September 11th, 2014, researchers and policymakers gathered at IFPRI to discuss the widespread damage and displacement caused by the recent floods in Pakistan at the PSSP event, "Addressing the Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan." This seminar was chaired by His Excellency, Jalil Abbas Jilani, Ambassador of Pakistan to the US. Presentations were >> Read more

How much do you love Pakistan?

PSSP Working Paper 018 "How much do you love Pakistan? A property tax revenue simulation for a municipal revolution in Punjab" conducted empirical policy research on property taxation with regard to fiscal revenue options and growth potential of cities. The study incorporates a legal and procedural review of the property tax system in Punjab and data >> Read more

Competitive Grants Program Launches Third Call for Applications

Competitive Grants Program Third Round of Grant Selections   Call for Round 3 Applications Proposals due 31 March 2014 (Call for Applications circulated 1 February 2014)    Research to Support the Enhanced Economic Growth of Pakistan The Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP) in conjunction with the federal Planning Commission is pleased to announce its third >> Read more

Analyses of Selected Heavy Metals and Aflotoxin M1 in Milk for Human Consumption in Jhang City, Pakistan

PSSP Working Paper 012 “Analyses of Selected Heavy Metals and Aflatoxin M1 in Milk for Human Consumption in Jhang City, Pakistan" investigates chemical contaminants in milk which affect public health and can constrain exports under sanitary and phyto-sanitary agreements. To investigate this, a screening survey was conducted during 2012-2013 to determine concentrations of Copper, Lead, Cadmium, >> Read more

Collection and Marketing of High Value Medicinal and Aromatic Plants from District Swat, Pakistan

PSSP Working Paper 011: Collection and Marketing of High Value Medicinal and Aromatic Plants from District Swat, Pakistan by Dr. Hassan Sher presents an analysis of existing practices in collecting and trading high value medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) from District Swat, Pakistan. Local collectors/farmers and dealers were surveyed about their efforts, quantities collected, prices received and >> Read more

Tax Farming Redux: Experimental Evidence on Incentive Pay for Tax Collectors by Dr. Asim Khwaja

PSSP SEMINAR SERIES presents Tax Farming Redux: Experimental Evidence on Incentive Pay for Tax Collectors A discussion with Asim Khwaja Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:00pm – 1:15pm   7AB Conference Room International Food Policy Research Institute 2033 K Street, NW, Washington, >> Read more

CGP Round 2 Award Summaries and Radio Programs

In summer 2013, the Competitive Grants Program entered an exciting second stage. Interim reports have been received from the first round awardees; they have been externally reviewed under RAC coordination, and the reviews have been returned to grant awardees for development of their final project reports. Second round projects are well under way and the >> Read more