The Role of Academia in Socio-Economic Development

In most indigenous cultures and countries, a working system that inspires socio-economic development is an opportunity. Socio-economic development is termed as a system that creates sustainable access to the economy for its beneficiaries, in other words, “it teaches people to fish rather than giving them a fish”. Therefore the core element of ‘sustainable’ socio-economic development […]


The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World

Launched on March 14, 2013, the 2013 Human Development Report titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” highlights a heartening global development. It particularly examines 40 countries, especially the countries that have made a notable progress in the South including India, China and Brazil (in addition to Indonesia, South America […]


High Level Dialogue on Health in the Post 2015 Development Agenda

It was as if the High-Level Dialogue on Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda was convened in Botswana to make a point—a country, which uses diamonds for development. Through consistent economic policies, the country has developed its mining sector, which has generated the fiscal space for investments in public services, including health—a perfect example of inter-sectoral action, health in all policies, the […]


The New Wings of Development

The concept of development, through which governments view social policy in environments where capitalism is the mode of social organization, may be up for a major rethink, globally. This year, policy signals at agenda-setting global convening and major publications seem to be heralding new directions. But in each of these, the onus of responsibility is […]


14th August: great trepidations

Great trepidations shadow Independence Day. With the country’s increasing isolation in the arena of international politics, poor state performance, and a polarized society, Pakistan survives today primarily on the resilience of its people. This is a time to reflect on where we stand in the broader global context and appreciate the nature of the imperative. […]