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A Social Sector Strategy for Pakistan


  • Zafar Mahmood

    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad)


Pakistan had an excellent growth record in economic sectors over the past 3D years, with an average annual growth rate of the GDP of over 6 percent. However, social development indicators could not grow in commensurate with the growth rate of the economy. Because of the past neglect of the social sector, growth in the economy could not sustain during the 1990s. Not only resource commitment for the social sector remained absolutely inadequate but also inefficiency in the use of resources was much too high. On the other hand, as a result of poor performance of the social sector, poverty and gender issues have assumed alarming proportions. These were the impelling reasons for the government to change its development planning strategy when it launched the Social Action Programme Project in 1993-94. As a result some positive trends for all the social sector indicators have started emerging, howcver, their impact in terms of better quality of life is yet to be seen.

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  • Zafar Mahmood, 1998. "A Social Sector Strategy for Pakistan," PIDE-Working Papers 1998:163, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:wpaper:1998:163

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    1. Tilat Anwar, 1996. "Structural Adjustment and Poverty: The Case of Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 35(4), pages 911-926.
    2. A. R. Kemal & Zafar Mahmood, 1998. "Characteristics of the Workers in the Urban InformalSector of Pakistan," PIDE-Working Papers 1998:160, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
    3. A. R. Kemal & Zafar Mahmood, 1998. "The Urban Informal Sector of Pakistan. Some Stylized Facts," PIDE-Working Papers 1998:161, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
    4. Rashid Amjad & A.R. Kemal, 1997. "Macroeconomic Policies and their Impact on Poverty Alleviation in Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 36(1), pages 39-68.
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    1. Sarfraz Khan Qureshi & Musleh-ud Din & Ejaz Ghani & Kalbe Abbas & Masood Ishfaq Ahmad & Akhtiar Hussain Shah, 1998. "Economic Performance, Cost Structure,and Programme Placement of Bank Branches in Pakistan," PIDE-Working Papers 1998:165, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.

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