Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) participated in the Lahore ThinkFest held in January 2020 . The title of the session was “How the Poor are Excluded from Social Mobility”. Among the panelists were Ms. Tooba Syed (AWP and WDF), Mr. Usama Khawar (Lawyer), Mr. Ammar Rashid (PIDE), Mr. Zia Banday (PIDE) and Dr. Nasir Javed (Former CEO, The Urban Unit). Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque (VC PIDE) chaired the session and moderated the discussion. At the session PIDE had also presented the documentary titled “Excluding the Poor”. The documentary focused on the effects of the anti-encroachment drive, its impact on the livelihood of the poor and their exclusion from mainstream socio-economic activities. The session debated the aforementioned issues, besides emphasizing on the strategy, to resolve the issues that bar the poor from taking an active part in the economy.