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Poverty and the budget

Low economic growth, resulting from contractionary fiscal stabilisation policies, is a serious issue – but it is far overshadowed by debilitating poverty and unemployment. An unemployment rate of 4.5 percent…

Ending poverty, ensuring health

As the latest increase in cases of Covid-19 appear to be dropping and vaccines, which are key to us and the world to get through the acute stage of this…

Poverty, politics and peace

As a social development professional with 15 years of experience in international development, I feel alarmed for the first time in my career to see the rapid deterioration of socioeconomic…

Alleviating poverty

In the past decade, I have visited Pakistan more than 50 times and had the privilege of working with a range of public servants, both in Islamabad and in different…

Poverty of mind and heart

Wealth is a zero-sum game: If you are rich, others will be poor to feed your richness: If you have to win, somebody has to lose. This is the mindset…

Estimating Poverty

Estimating poverty

Poverty reduction is the main objective of the global agenda for sustainable development. The identification of the poor and the evaluation of the extent of poverty has received considerable attention…

Rising poverty

The measurement of the number of poor in Pakistan has relied on different approaches. The most commonly used method is to derive a poverty line and determine the extent to…

The Poverty Debate

The poverty debate

The article ‘Poverty and social protection” by Amir Hussain in these pages (June 27, 2019) touches upon some fundamental aspects of the development debate, with respect to the relationship between…

Poverty And Social Protection

Poverty and social protection

Last week I met with some senior officials of an international financial institution at the Cabinet Division in Islamabad. We discussed, at length, some core issues related to poverty alleviation…