Pakistan’s Galloping Urbanization

Nov 09, 2013| Courtesy by :

Comparative Urban Studies Project
Environmental Change and Security Program

The luncheon keynote address will be webcast live at 1:30 pm. 


Pakistan’s future will largely be written in its cities. Today about a third of Pakistan’s population is urban-based, but that figure is expected to increase to nearly 50 percent within a dozen years. Recent data shows that Karachi’s population grew by 80 percent between 2000 and 2010—the largest such increase of any city in the world. Pakistan’s accelerating urbanization presents huge challenges but simultaneously offers the country a way out of its present multiple dilemmas.

The goal of this conference is to generate new ideas and methods—those that go beyond calls for more public funding—for dealing with a phenomenon that is already well in place and is not going to be halted.

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5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center


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Event Sessions:


8:30     Registration and coffee

9:00     Welcoming remarks

Robert M. Hathaway, director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Munawar Noorani, chairman, Fellowship Fund for Pakistan

9:15     Opening Address: Do’s and Don’t’s of Urbanization in Pakistan

Speaker: Mohammad Qadeer, professor emeritus, Queens University

Chair: Robert M. Hathaway, director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

10:15   Panel I: Addressing Urbanization’s Challenges: Housing and Public Health

Speakers: Tasneem Siddiqui, chairman, Saiban, and Sania Nishtar, founder and director, Heartfile

Chair: Blair Ruble, director, Program and Global Sustainability and Resilience, Woodrow Wilson Center

11:30   Break

11:45   Panel II: Addressing Urbanization’s Challenges: Transportation, Education, and Employment

Speakers: Murtaza Haider, associate dean of research and graduate programs, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, and Nadeem Ul Haque, former deputy chairman, Planning Commission, government of Pakistan

Chair: Michael Kugelman, senior program associate for South Asia, Woodrow Wilson Center

1:00     Luncheon

1:30     Luncheon Address: Policy and Political Aspects of Urbanization

Speaker: Ahsan Iqbal, minister for planning, development, and reforms, government of Pakistan

Chair: William B. Milam, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

2:30     Panel III: Private Sector Solutions

Speakers: Aun Rahman, research fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University, andNadeem Hussain, founder, president, and CEO, Tameer Microfinance Bank

Chair: Khurram Husain, Pakistan Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

4:00     Adjournment