Pakistan: Articles

Read about development issues relevant to Pakistan.

Latest Articles

  • October 2012

    Islamic Finance in Asia and the Pacific

    Shari'ah compliant financing is becoming increasingly popular in the Asia and the Pacific region. ADB’s Ashraf Mohammed, Assistant General Counsel and Practice Leader – Islamic Finance, explains why.
  • October 2012

    Data and Statistics on the Service Sector in Asia

    Strengthening labor-intensive services can help developing Asia pursue inclusive, sustainable growth. Figures from Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2012 Update’s special chapter, Services and Asia’s Future Growth, underscore the service sector’s potential for reducing poverty across the region.
  • June 2012

    Providing Electricity to Pakistan's Remote Fishing Villages

    The fisherfolk of the Indus Delta in Sindh Province finally have electricity to light up their homes, and their lives.
  • June 2012

    Private Tutoring and Shadow Education in Asia

    An ADB study, undertaken in partnership with the Comparative Education Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong, brings into the spotlight the phenomenon of private tutoring, also called "shadow education". A growing practice in Asia, shadow education risks dominating the lives of young people and their families, maintaining and exacerbating social inequalities, diverting needed household income into an unregulated industry, and creating inefficiencies in education systems.
  • April 2012

    Central Asia and the New Silk Road

    The thriving east-west trade that once prospered along the famed Silk Road is slowly being restored to its former glory through transport and trade links being rolled out under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation program. Here are 12 facts and figures on the New Silk Road.
  • March 2012

    Exporting Pakistan's 'Kinnow' Fruit

    An agribusiness support initiative has enabled fruit growers to get international quality certification, providing access to lucrative new markets and boosting incomes for farmers.
  • March 2012

    Reviving Pakistan's Mangroves and Agriculture

    The Indus River delta, which fans out into the Arabian Sea, is home to the largest desert climate mangrove forests in the world. The mangroves - set between the sea and the land - provide nursery habitats for an array of sea life and wood for local people to use as fuel and timber. They also provide vital protection against erosion and storms.
  • November 2011

    Central Asia Economy and Regional Trade

    The thriving east-west trade that once spanned Central Eurasia along the famed Silk Road may soon be restored to its former glory thanks to growing transport and trade links being rolled out under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. Since the launch of CAREC a decade ago, the 10 member countries from the Caucasus, Central, East and South Asia and six multilateral institutions have been working closely together to construct transport corridors, promote energy security, and remove trade barriers.
  • August 2010

    A Country under Deluge

    As Pakistan prepares for the third phase of the Asian monsoon that has already caused the worst flooding in the country's history, initial assessments of the flood's impact are underway. ADB and the World Bank are leading this assessment at the request of the Government of Pakistan, in close coordination with the Federal and Provincial Governments, the United Nations, and other development partners. While the assessment will take several weeks to complete, the damages so far are staggering:
  • June 2010

    Building Back Better

    Victims of a devastating earthquake in Pakistan are rebuilding their homes with their own hands. Abbottabad, Pakistan - "Our house, farm, livestock, we lost everything in the earthquake," says Shahida Maqsood. Over 3.5 million others like Shahida and her family of five were left destitute by the massive earthquake that struck the North-West Frontier Province and surrounding areas on the morning of 8 October 2005, taking an estimated 80,000 lives.