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A programme for economic prosperity

The answer to Pakistan’s dilemma must rely almost exclusively on the intrinsic resources and the people of Pakistan. The government needs to get out of the way — cut spending,…

Budgeting for a life with Covid-19

Two of the major burdens on the forthcoming federal budget are likely to be relatively lighter compared to what successive budgets had to bear under these heads over the last…

Participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting is a process that meaningfully engages those who have traditionally been excluded from participation in important political decision-making processes. For the excluded, this exclusion has come with a…

Inclusive budgeting

Now that the budget season is over, and reams have been written on how good or bad the federal or provincial budgets have been, it would be good to review…

Faulty budgeting

The Fed-eral Ministry of Finance (MoF) has set a new record in the last year of the PML-N government. This relates to the extent of deviation of the actual budget…

2019-20 fiscal targets in IMF programme

The year, 2018-19, has come to a close with a very different outcome than was originally anticipated. The budget for the year was presented initially in May 2018 by the…

The need for gender budgeting: Part – I

Why does gender budgeting need to be reintroduced in Pakistan? We all know about the lofty policy statements made by governments about the promotion of gender equality. Given those, why…

Reinventing basic education

In Pakistan, there is a rare consensus across political divides and among citizens concerning the dire state of education. Whether it is primary, secondary, or tertiary education, the system’s deficiencies…

A manifesto for reform

In response to economic challenges, the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) has launched a comprehensive ‘reform manifesto’. It aims to guide the new government towards a holistic transformation that…