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Civilian Assistance to Pakistan - Cure or Curse?

Panel discussion

Thursday 2nd February 2012, 6.30pm - 8pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speakers: Ehtisham Ahmad, Rachid Benmassoud, Robert Hathaway, Shahid Kardar, Maleeha Lodhi, Moazzam Malik and Kashif Zafar

Chair: Nick Stern

Has civilian assistance to Pakistan over the past three decades assisted with development and improvements in living standards, or become a hindrance? Has the availability of bilateral and multilateral largesse, often driven by strategic considerations, subverted the difficult structural reforms that the assistance was designed to promote? The publication of the recent Woodrow Wilson Center report: “Aiding without abetting: making US civilian assistance to Pakistan work for both sides”, that calls for a reorientation of the Kerry-Lugar assistance and addresses the operations of USAid, provides an opportunity to discuss some of the issues arising from the poor design and implementation of civilian assistance. There are also growing political concerns in Pakistan about the political “capture” of some of the assistance as well as growing dependency.


British Pakistan Foundation|

Mr Kashif Zafar, British Pakistan Foundation, will provide an introduction.


Dr Robert Hathaway is the Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Dr Ehtisham Ahmad| is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Asia Research Centre.

Mr Shahid Kardar is a former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan.

Dr Maleeha Lodhi is a former High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom, and a former Ambassador to the United States. 


Mr Rachid Benmassoud is the World Bank Director for Pakistan.

Mr Moazzam Malik is the DfID Director for Western Asia and Stabilisation.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern| is the IG Patel Chair of Economics and Government, Director of the India Observatory and Chairman of the Asia Research Centre.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.  Entry is on a first come, first served basis.  For any queries email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.