Skoll Foundation


Institute for Development Studies and Practices

Skoll Awardee(s): Quratul Ain Bakhteari
Award Year: 2006
Issue Area(s) Addressed: Education

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Quratul Ain Bakhteari grew up in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Karachi after the creation of Pakistan in 1947. After completing her B.A. degree, she helped new refugees coming from Bangladesh by providing them with basic health care and education. Later, she earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. and established 2,000 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history. Frustrated with a lack of efficacy in internationally sponsored development projects, she wrote a concept paper that became the blueprint for Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP) and was funded by The Asia Foundation for 3 years. She formulated curriculum, recruited and trained faculty and formally launched IDSP in 1999.

Impact since joining the portfolio in 2006:

  • 1,200 graduates from 6 different types of practice-based courses are directly or indirectly impacting the lives and livelihoods of approximately one million people in Pakistan.
  • 12 ISDP Senior Fellows (six of whom are women) from Balochistan, who had no prior education or experience in development, have designed, implemented and managed development projects ranging in size from $30,000 to $1.3 million.
  • Nearly 100 graduates of IDSP (primarily from Balochistan and Sindh) have been selected through competitive process for key national and international positions.



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