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Imagining Poverty

Imagining poverty

There are two views about the economics of poverty reduction. One, that economic growth will trickle down and reduce poverty. Two, that there is no automatic trickle-down and growth may…

Poverty Diagnostics

Poverty diagnostics

The official poverty figures are out after a gap of nine years. According to the Planning Commission, 29.5 percent of the population or roughly “60 million” (as per the official…

The Challenge Of Poverty

The challenge of poverty

Poverty is an ugly state for the majority of the world's people and nations including Pakistan. Why are we seeing this phenomenon? Should it be enough to blame poor people…

Solution To Rural Poverty

Solution to rural poverty

In her article titled ‘Land Rights and Democracy’, (Dawn, Feb 4,) Zeenia Shaukat has referred to my earlier letter in Dawn and has posed two pertinent questions which deserve to…

‘Education emergency’

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif went to the extent to declare an ‘education emergency’. He announced early this week, on the occasion of the inspection of a site for Daanish School being…

Destined to fail?

DESTINY in social science refers to likely cause and effect links versus a pre-ordained view of fatalism. One such political link is that the quality of outcomes of a regime…

The World Bank says it all

That the growing political uncertainty and institutional imbalances are adversely affecting the country’s perception is a fact. This time it is no other than the World Bank, which has been…

Unveiling the malaise and despondency

The recent success on IMF (International Monetary Fund) funding, a bullish stock market, the rupee value stabilizing against dollar, the jubilation in signing of dozens of MoUs with Gulf countries…

Analysing the implementation of political manifestos

Since 1950, Pakistan has undergone significant political changes, alternating between military and civilian rules. After 1990, the major political parties like PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz), PPP (Pakistan People’s Party), and…