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Planning educational emergency

‘What the best and wisest parents wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and…

Pandemic planning

WE finally have confirmation: at the time of writing, there are at least four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Pakistan. One of the patients travelled to Iran and was exhibiting symptoms…

Local planning

ALL reforms are local and must be contextualised. Oft-quoted in the literature on local-level reforms, Micklethwait and Wooldridge point out that “the state is an incredibly blunt instrument; it gets…

Pakistan falls in human development

The global Human Development Report of 2023-24 has been released recently by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from New York. Since 1990, this report has been presenting rankings of…

Girls In The Classroom

Girls in the classroom

The PTI government has thankfully completed its first 100 days in office amid the commotion of lofty claims, the search for a way out of the woods, and an oscillation…

A Time Bomb Of Illiteracy

A time bomb of illiteracy

Undergoing a protracted politico-economic conflict with Islamabad, Balochistan is a ticking time bomb of multiple social disasters. With immense strategic importance, abundance of natural resources, an over 700km long coastline…

Climate change vs the young

Pakistan, like many developing nations, is experiencing a demographic phenomenon known as a ‘youth bulge’, with about 60 per cent of its population comprising young people. This demographic structure can…

Pakistan and the skills report

For the last few years, Coursera, the world’s largest provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has been publishing the annual Global Skills Report. Last year’s report covered 100 countries…

Empowering girls

In Pakistan, gender-based violence (GBV) is deeply rooted in traditional norms and cultural practices. While it affects women and girls from all backgrounds – regardless of their social or economic…

Where are we headed?

We now have in office an elected government. There may be debate on how strong or effective it is, but the fact is that governments are intended to serve people…