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Contextualizing rural development

Rural transformation can be anything – ranging from diversification of rural economies to a comprehensive change in governance, institutional structure and patterns of food consumption. At times, it is driven…

Academics And Rural Development

Academics and rural development

It will take no less than an academic book to capture the journey of rural transformation in Pakistan for being one of the countries with the largest rural development initiatives…

Economics – the art of flawed logic

An oft quoted proverb in Pakistan is that politics is about the art of the possible - a proverb that has usually been used to mainly justify an alliance between…

Economics – the art of flawed logic

An oft quoted proverb in Pakistan is that politics is about the art of the possible - a proverb that has usually been used to mainly justify an alliance between…

Security perceptions and development

Often, insecure, authoritarian regimes play up the negative news and graphically broadcast them. Curbs on alternative views tend to accentuate this phenomenon of panic and general uncertainty. In many wars,…

Over-correction is bad economics

The day the Khan administration took over the reins of government on 20 August 2018 the budget deficit was under 6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (not at a danger…

Education And Development

Education and development

“When I was ambivalent about choosing a career path on my very first day as a new entrant to high school, I remember one of my teachers saying that one…

Media And Development

Media and development

What has gone wrong with our economy? This is the most frequently asked question in Pakistan these days – particularly on TV talk shows. On a private TV channel last…

Neoliberal Economics: The Challenge Within

Neoliberal economics: the challenge within

As a rule, our political parties have their heads in the clouds when it comes to contending with fiendish economic problems. Not surprisingly, economic issues take a backseat in political…

Economic Development And The University

Economic development and the university

Development research over the last three decades has established two propositions that have major implications for redefining the role of a university. First, a distinguishing feature between developed and underdeveloped…