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Reimagining governance

One of the frameworks that has been most influential in shaping my understanding of governance has been the Capability, Accountability and Responsiveness or CAR framework, developed in the early 2000s…

Recalibrating governance: Part IV

Pakistan faces two serious problems in education. Twenty million children are out of school and learning outcomes from existing schooling are quite weak. To resolve both these problems, governance reforms…

Recalibrating governance: Part – I

An economy is driven by the contributions and interactions of state, society and markets. Before we take up the agenda for recalibrating governance and institutions intermediating and administering governance and…

Inclusive governance: Part – I

The motivation of writing a series of articles on local governance in Pakistan came from an insightful discussion on the subject organized recently by the Dialogue Forum Hunza (DFH). The…

Inclusive governance: Part – II

After a short democratic term under Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1972-77), the military once again got control of state power through General Ziaul Haq’s military coup in 1977and ousted the government…

Inclusive governance : Part – III

The Local Government Acts for each province, in their current form, provide limited autonomy to local councils, concerning fiscal management and control over service delivery, revenue, and tax and police…

A democratic and inclusive Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans face the spectre of hunger and starvation. The recent devastating earthquake is likely to complicate the situation, pushing more Afghans below the poverty line, adding to the…

Islam, governance and the Taliban

Although there is an unmistakable march of secularism around the globe, religion continues to play an important political role in many parts. Currently, there are 27 countries in the world…