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Planning power

Energy planning in Pakistan is mostly carried out on an ad-hoc basis as a reaction to an urgent crisis. This hasty and short-sighted approach has not only caused irreversible damage…

Planning families

A WOMAN who provides education and other social services to those living in the slums of Karachi mentioned an Afghan woman who gave birth to her 13th baby. The father…

Is economic planning viable?

Planning, both short- and long-term, is an essential part of modern economic management. In order to delve into the arguments concerning their utility and usefulness, it’s prudent to briefly deliberate…

Planning for the ‘real’ Pakistan

Did we ever try to find out the reasons why the very first five-year plan authored by Pakistan succeeded in South Korea but failed miserably in Pakistan? There is, of…

Planning With Peanuts

Planning with peanuts

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Not very long ago we used to say this to describe the plight of education and health spending in Pakistan. Today, it is…

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…

Financial Accountability In Balochistan

Financial accountability in Balochistan

On November 14, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry made an incorrect statement about Balochistan on the floor of the Senate. While criticising the alleged corruption of the opposition, he…

Planning Anew

Planning anew

AMONG many radical-seeming acts of Narendra Modi, the newly elected Indian prime minister, is his decision to disband the Indian Planning Commission. To most free-marketers and anti-statists, the Indian Planning…