Pakistan: Articles

  • April 2012

    Central Asia and the New Silk Road: 12 Things to Know

    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.
  • 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.
  • June 2010

    Educating Hajra

    An ADB-supported middle school project is making the dream of an education a reality for Pakistan's rural girls. Sukkur, Pakistan - Hajra stands up. The 13-year-old eighth grader confidently answers a math question that none of the boys in her class can. Her teacher, Manzoor Ali Abbasi, says proudly, "She is our top student."
  • March 2008

    Better Access to Water Improves Women's Lives in Pakistan

    Water and sanitation investment projects are empowering women and creating a significant impact on gender relations in rural Pakistan. Punjab - Bashiran Bibi and other women and girls in the rural heartland of Pakistan's most populous province of Punjab used to spend hours everyday collecting and carrying water on their heads in heavy pots. The water often came from uncovered wells, filthy rivers and streams, and stagnant ponds, putting their and their families' health at risk.