The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a landlocked country with a population of more than 180 million people. It is the sixth most populous country in the world. Pakistan's development has been affected by periods of military rule, political instability and regional conflicts. Gender is a key issue in Pakistan. Out of the 47 million employed peoples in Pakistan in 2008, only 9 million were women and of those 9 million, 70 percent worked in the agricultural sector. In 2002 it was recorded that only 22.3 percent of girls from low-income families had ever attended school. The low labor force participation and education for women is in part due to the lack of safe and affordable public transportation for women.

To address some of the gender and transportation related issues, the Government of Punjab launched a women’s only ‘Pink Buses’ program in Lahore. Through PFSA  support, there is ongoing work in Pakistan to provide a menu of options to the Lahore Transportation Corporation to understand the feasibility and sustainability of scaling up the program.


Grant Title Project Status Programs Funded Objective
Pakistan - Pink Buses Closed South Asia Gender initiative To improve women's mobility and security in urban centers of Lahore through a study of the women-only Pink Buses Scheme. It will assist Lahore Transportation Corporation in understanding key issues linked to the feasibility and sustainability of scaling up the program.
Pakistan - Gender and Youth Development through Information Communication Technology (ICT) Closed South Asia Gender initiative To enhance strategic analytical work on gender in the justice sector by developing and disseminating a quantitative survey toolkit to support practitioners in governments, the World Bank, and other development agencies in the social and justice sectors in undertaking quantitative surveys among households and justice service providers.
Support for Power Sector Reform Monitoring DPC Approved progress Infrastructure For Growth To provide an independent review of the monitoring of the power sector reforms in Pakistan supported by the World Bank Development Policy Credit (DPC).