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Back in 2012, a Pakistani professor named Farakh A. Khan issued a dire warning about the state of his country’s public institutions. “Pakistan suffers from institutional failure,” he declared in an essay published about a year before his death. “Failed institutions are unable to correct the problems faced by the society and eventually lead to economic failure… If our leaders are sincere for change in Pakistan then they have to first get the institutions working again. But do they know how or have the will to do it?

Table of Contents

  1. Turning around Pakistan's struggling institutions- Micheal Kugelman
  2. Why institutional capacity matters and where reforms should start- Ishrat Husain
  3. Institutional capacity and Governance in Pakistan - Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
  4. Institutional reforms in Pakistan's judiciary - Waris Husain
  5. Governance and Pakistan's state-owned enterprises - Mehmood Mandviwalla
  6. Decentralization and service delivery - Madiha Afzal
  7. Designing incentive structures in Bureaucracies - Adnan Q. Khan, Asim I. Khwaja and Tiffany M. Simon
  8. How technology is transforming Governance in Pakistan - Usman Saif
  9. Past Asia program publications on Pakistan

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  • Ishrat Husain is currently Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. He has also served as Dean and Director, IBA, Karachi (2008-16).

Pakistan's institutions: we know they matter, but how can they work better?