Dark cloud with a silver lining

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In a recent article titled “Population, not politics, threatens Pakistan”, @VJMallet, the South Asia Bureau Chief of the Financial Times discusses how the population issues of Pakistan could have dire consequences for the country. He mentions how despite the rising political tensions and debate regarding the future, population growth is one subject that seems to […]


Only systems thinking can improve family planning program in Pakistan

Babar Sheikh

At present, Pakistan ranks sixth among most populous countries; in spite of a long history of family planning programs since 1953. Yet it is difficult to claim any considerable reduction in the population growth rate. Total fertility rate is still high, contraceptive prevalence rate increasing slowly, and moreover there is a high unmet need, not […]


Pakistan’s digital present

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A Dubai-based bank announced a job opening for South Asian applicants, where the copious number of Pakistani applications exceeded expectations, while the number of Indian applicants was… well, it did not exist. There was not a single Indian that wanted to work at that ‘bling-bling’ Dubai job. Why? Because the Indian youth does not need […]


The post-devolution family planning crisis

Babar Sheikh

Pakistan is a country of 180+ million people, with a wavering economy of merely 3% GDP growth as compared to many Asian countries which are consistent at 7%. The political instability, war on terrorism, tense relations with the neighbors and dearth of macro and micro economic reforms have led the country into depths of poverty: economic […]


Book launch of Capturing the Demographic Dividend in Pakistan

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Pakistan is one of the fastest growing nations in the world. It risks being the fifth most populous country in the world, given the current status of the rapid population growth according to a report by UNFPA. Rapid population growth poses an economic challenge to a country as it requires more resources for sustainable development. […]