Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Analytical Basis and Policy Framework
Paradigm shift in growth policy as research shows economic inequality is harmful for sustainable growth
Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Analytical Basis and Policy Framework was launched by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report, authored by eminent Pakistani economist Dr Akmal Hussain, overturns long-standing beliefs to show that economic inequality is harmful for long-term sustainable growth. The report’s findings will be instrumental in shaping policy directions in the coming years.
The report provides evidence-based recommendations for combating many of the diverse challenges Pakistan faces, calling for equitable growth through participatory development, reducing regional disparities, providing universal health, education and social security, and mobilizing women and youth in the workforce. It also recommends regional cooperation to battle climate change, and comprehensive planning to rehabilitate and manage water infrastructure.
The report reinforces Pakistan Vision 2025 by providing an analytical basis and specific operational policy initiatives for achieving inclusive and sustainable development in Pakistan, including measures to increase gender equality and enhance women’s participation of women in economic, social and political development; entrepreneurship opportunities for youth, women and minorities; climate change resilience; addressing water challenges, utilizing hydropower potential, and strengthening the role of local governments in participatory democracy and inclusive development.