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Serious issues in current programme with IMF

Falling among a select list of countries, Pakistan has been a prolonged or frequent user of International Monetary Fund (IMF) resources. Research has indicated that such countries form a strong…

BISP And Social Protection

BISP and social protection

The more than ten-year old social protection scheme, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), has survived its second transfer of power since it was launched in 2008 by the PPP government.…

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…

Benefits of social cohesion

SOCIAL indicators have gained significance as critical variables, used to measure sociopolitical strength and the well-being of societies and communities. While academic and research efforts, mainly in developed nations, are…

Governance Issues

Governance issues

The discourse on governance being pushed mainly by International Financial Institutions (IFIs) has one major shortcoming – it is apolitical in nature. The cherished goals of rule of law, transparency,…

Social Media And Elections

Social media and elections

For a stable democratic society, the importance of a free and fair election cannot be denied. The credit for raising political awareness among people after a long struggle goes to…

Strengthening growth with social equity

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has developed a new metric of national economic performance as an alternative to GDP - the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) - which focuses on living…

New PM’s approach to economic issues

The newly-elected Leader of the House Shahid Khaqan Abbasi delivered a memorable maiden speech as the country's 26th Prime Minister (including caretakers) by identifying two major issues that continue to plague this…

Catalysts for social transformation

The traditional approaches of service delivery adopted by NGOs are fast losing credence in a world that is shaped by a benign ideological coercion. NGO-led mega projects of social services…