economics

Mapping Rural Pakistan

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Open to all.
Date: 
18 February, 2012
Time: 
11 am to 12 noon
Venue: 
Govt. M.A.O College, Lower Mall Road, Lahore.
Abstract: 

When it comes to generating a visual representation of important socio-economic parameters for rural Pakistan, such as poverty, literacy, crime or access to internet, the picture is rather blank. Datasets exist in disparate jurisdictions, scattered across many departments, and are often in registers and lists that do not contain geo-coordinates. This state of affairs discourages evidence-based policy interventions, and severely limits the effectiveness of expensive GIS projects undertaken by many organizations.

In this talk, I will explain why relevant socio-economic datasets, such as the population census, have not been mapped properly even years after of their generation. Then it will explain how this bottleneck may be removed, by identifying the spatial references contained in those datasets, and building their integrated maps. In this respect, it will also cover the importance of a “mauza” (revenue estate) for rural mapping, and then provide an overview of our recent pilot project to demonstrate a cost-effective and scalable methodology to build a mauza map for District Jhelum. Our methodology consisted of stitching together thousands of pieces of British era village maps, and then registering them with satellite imagery for geo-referencing. Finally, talk will show the utility of this mauza map in generating spatial visualizations of important socio-economic parameters for the district.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Sohaib Khan
Chair of Computer Science at the LUMS School of Science and Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan.

Cornucopia or Crisis

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Open to all.
Date: 
17 April 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

This review presentation discusses what are the likely impacts of globalization on Pakistan. It is also a preview of world monetary and financial institutions. This session basically underscores the villain-like role played by global financial agencies (like IMF, WTO, and MNCs etc.) and hence presents a seamier side of globalization. Evolution of IMF and WB from the ashes of the 30's depression, to act as economic regulators: The present agencies are a perverse replica of their erstwhile shape, Globalization regime, What is meant by the term plus WTO (GATT), Uragway Agrements etc., What are the likely results of foreign trade liberalization (globalization) on Pakistan, Pakistan and South East Asia, Some dedications, How can we regulate globalization so that it may be a breeze, not a thunderstorm were discussed. At the end of the talk some suggestions were also be heared from the audiences.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Syed Asad Raza
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore