Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives

About Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives

IDEAS is a non-profit research organisation based in Lahore, Pakistan. IDEAS was established in June 2012 with a vision to strengthen the economic and social foundation of democracy in Pakistan by producing rigorous quality research.

The rationale behind IDEAS is to create and strengthen local capacity to undertake rigorous research and advocacy on economic and social issues critical to Pakistan’s economic sustainability and democratic future, which essentially depend on reducing socio-economic inequalities and countering political and social polarisation through representative and responsive institutions.

IDEAS works to produce rigorous public policy research on issues critical for Pakistan’s social, economic, institutional, and political development. Working closely with academic, government and non-governmental partners IDEAS engages in empirically oriented, innovative, multi-method, multidisciplinary research in areas of human development (including education and public health), public finance and institutional and governance reform.

Meet the team

Maryam S. Khan

Research Fellow


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Saba Aslam

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Ayesha Shahid

Communications and Outreach Lead