I am a Pakistani who trained to be an economist to see if I could help my country seek its way out of a poverty trap. Unfortunately, all I bought myself was a job in an international organization. My preoccupation with the study of my own country’s economic problems remained strong and I continued to write and debate ideas for addressing such problems. Over the years, it has become increasingly clear to me that people like myself are truly marginalized from any debate on economic policy and reform in our country. The interaction of donor agencies and local bureaucracy determines all policy decisions. Civil society and thinking individuals are neither consulted nor taken seriously in such determinations.