First of all, I offer my heartfelt gratitude to ALLAH Almighty, who created the universe, bestowed mankind with the knowledge and wisdom to search for its secrets and to serve humanity, and blessed me with the courage and capability to aptly contribute to the existing knowledge. Many thanks are due to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, under the faculty development program of Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta, Pakistan, who provided me with this opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills in research. I am also indebted to the Center for Development Research (ZEF), for providing all necessary facilities throughout the period of my study and field research in Bonn University and financial support for my stay in the last tenure of my study. This dissertation was made possible due to the support, guidance and critical feedback of many people in both within Germany and beyond. Of these, I am particularly grateful to my supervisor Professor Joachim von Braun for his valuable and constant guidance in the completion of this study. I remember that on the first day after returning from field work, I had my first meeting with Professor Joachim von Braun, and he was gracious enough to accept me for supervision. From that day until now whenever I have met him, I have been extremely impressed by his encouragement and valuable thoughts. I also extend my heartiest gratitude to my second supervisor, Professor Michael-Burkhard Piorkowsky, for accepting me to work under...
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