Pakistan Institute of Development Economics


Roundtable on Foreign Aid to Pakistan - Part - 1 - Foreign Aid to Pakistan: Understanding Complexities & Constraints

Date : 7-Aug-20
Moderator: Dr. Nadeem ul Haq (Vice Chancellor PIDE)
Discussant : Faheem Jehangir Khan, Sr Research Fellow, PIDE, Waqar Masood, Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoP., Nasruminallah Mian, Head Country Program Unit, Pakistan Resident Mission ADB

Despite extensive debate on foreign aid over last six decades, the contribution that foreign aid can make to development is still contested. Pakistan appears to be an aid addicted country. Despite many promises, every successive government seeks multilateral and bilateral donors’ economic and technical assistance to tackle complex domestic problems. The presence of numerous development partners in the country, their contrasting priorities for the development process, overlapping project activities, and choice of aid modalities and instruments add up to the complexity of aid delivery system in Pakistan.