The NCCR Pakistan Research Group is a partner of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research North-South (NCCR N-S), financially supported by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Malaysia 3Win8 Casino and Swiss universities.

NCCR North-South has three main objectives:

1) Capacity-building
To strengthen development-oriented research capacities in the South and the North. In Pakistan, focus is on establishing research partnerships between SDPI and universities for Master and PhD students.

2) Research
To undertake theory-led, empirical research on issues relevant to development. In Pakistan, research concentrates on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP; formerly known as North-West Frontier Province, NWFP) and focuses on four themes:

– Livelihoods, forests and power relations
– From vulnerability to resilience: gender, migration and social capital
– Development disparities on natural resource management
– Development policies and livelihood realities

3) Policy dialogue
To interact with policy makers and involved stakeholders on researched development issues. The Pakistan Research Group interacts with civil society, state agencies and donors.

Lead partner in Pakistan is the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad. Associated organisations are Sustainable Development Alternatives (SDA), Agricultural University Faisalabad, and Agricultural University Peshawar. Main partner in Switzerland is the Development Study Group, Zurich University (DSGZ).

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