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Reforms And The Poverty Trap

Reforms and the poverty trap

Pakistan struggles with many problems. The new budget may result in more as inflation hits households. In our media-generated frenzy over current events, we sometimes forget how the lives people…

A move to reduce poverty

THE launch of a poverty-alleviation programme under the banner of Ehsas (compassion) has caused a flutter in millions of hearts in the country because poverty deprives a very large segment of the…

Falling poverty?

Contrary to perceptions, the extremely good news is that poverty is apparently declining sharply in Pakistan. The National Poverty Report published recently by the Planning Commission has revealed that the…

Moving beyond poverty

The conventional income-based and consumption-oriented food-basket approaches have lost their economic and sociological credence as a means to measure poverty assessment for three reasons. The first limitation of conventional approaches…

Neoliberalism And Poverty

Neoliberalism and poverty

Poverty has been vaguely defined in development literature as an undesirable state of living with no indepth analysis of its real nature. If you read any social policy journal, an…

Wealth Creation And Poverty

Wealth creation and poverty

Speaking at a function held by the Pakistan Business Council on December 13, 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed the need for wealth creation in Pakistan for poverty alleviation. No…

From The Shadow Of Poverty

From the shadow of poverty

Last month, the prime minister promised to launch the Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) to achieve zero-poverty – the first goal of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Before launching the initiative,…

Poverty And Local Governance

Poverty and local governance

Poverty lies at the household level. This is why we need meticulously designed household-level solutions to address its multifaceted nature. This is, of course, not an easy undertaking, given the…

Inequality, Not Poverty

Inequality, not poverty

The key social, economic and political concern of our times, both domestically and globally, ought to be inequality, not simply poverty. Poverty has been far easier to address and to…

The Fight Against Poverty

The fight against poverty

Part - II Like other developing countries Pakistan is facing high level of poverty, strong pressure of population growth, chronic unemployment and increasing social inequality. This requires a departure from…