Development Policy

  • Multidimensional Poverty in PakistanJun 20, 2016Multidimensional Poverty in PakistanIn accordance with the Government's commitment to eradicate poverty, this report presents Pakistan's first national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) based on the Alkire- Foster methodology. It has three dimensions: education, health and living standards. To tailor the measure to Pakistan's context and public policy priorities, 15 indicators were used for this national measure, instead of the 10 employed for the global measure. Within these 15 indicators, three indicators are included under the dimension of education (years of schooling, child school attendance, and educational quality), four under health (access to health facilities/clinics/Basic Health Units (BHU), immunisation, ante-natal care, and assisted delivery) and eight under living standards (water, sanitation, walls, overcrowding, electricity, cooking fuel, assets, and a land/livestock indicator specifically for rural areas). Each of the three dimensions carries an equal weight of 1/3 of the MPI. The weights of the component indicators within each dimension are equal unless another justification is provided, as outlined in Section 2.1.3. Overall, a person must be deprived in 1/3 of these weighted indicators to be identified as multidimensionally poor.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 3, Issue 1Apr 26, 2016Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 3, Issue 1The world continues to confront significant threats from extremist groups resorting to violent means to advance their agenda–be it ideological, religious or political. The kidnapping of school girls, the brutal murder of innocent civilians or the bombing of cultural and religious places are used by extremists to terrorize, expand their grip on territory, control resources and illegal trade or compel states in adopting some of their agendas.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 2, Issue 4Feb 24, 2016Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 2, Issue 42015 will be remembered for two landmark global agreements. In September, UN member states endorsed the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Later in the year, 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Paris Agreement at the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in France.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan - Issue 7Dec 27, 2015Development Advocate Pakistan - Issue 7Integration of FATA: now is the time - The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are at the forefront of public attention and this time for mostly good reasons. The ongoing military operation has delivered against violent groups contributing to a substantial reduction of violence in the country during the last year – up to 50% according to data from the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies. Internal displacement caused by the operation swelled to 302 thousand families but since then 36% have returned home and more are expected soon.

  • Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 2, Issue 2Jul 27, 2015Development Advocate Pakistan: Volume 2, Issue 2In 2015, the 7th National Finance Commission Award (NFCA) will conclude its ve year term. Deliberations on the 8th NFCA have already begun. As we transition to the new NFCA, it is important to take stock of the achievements and failures of the current award, and its impact on the future of development policy and Pakistan's efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 7th NFCA was unprecedented in the history of Pakistan. First, it generated an unparalleled political consensus on the NFC process. The political process which underpinned it was participatory and inclusive, with a broad buy-in characteristic of a truly democratic development process. Second, it introduced much needed structural changes to how funding was distributed between provinces. For the rst time, the criterion for distribution was not based on population alone but on multiple indicators including poverty.

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