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Pakistan has two major challenges (among many) – rapid urbanization (3% annual, with 13% of urban dwellers living in urban slums and one of the fastest growing youth cohort (64% Pakistanis’ are below age 30 years). If managed well these potential problems can become great opportunities for harnessing the demographic dividend and turning urban cities (small and mid-size) into drivers of national prosperity. Established in 2017, with our NGO partner (AHKRC), the Urban Research and Implementation Laboratory Rawalpindi is based on MIT’s model of urban lab to seek “research learning and insights” on how interventions behave/work at a large scale in grass-root communities. Learning from these experiments and observations (cohorts, trials and community discussions) are then used for research and evidence generation.
RADS Urban Lab Objectives are:
Currently RADS in partnership with AHKRC has collaborated with Yale University (Global Health), Global Health (George Washington University), NUST Islamabad, and Fatima Jinnah Women’s University Rawalpindi for behavioral and economic research and training programs.