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Dr Sania Nishtar
Dr Sania Nishtar

  • September 03, 2023

    Price of electricity is price of misgovernance

    In July this year, the outgoing federal cabinet approved a 25.5 per cent increase in the base electricity tariff. The decision’s impact resulted...

  • July 25, 2023

    The population denominator

    Earlier this month, on July 11, the world commemorated World Population Day. To mark the occasion, the Supreme Court hosted a conference to...

  • July 07, 2023

    Where no questions are asked

    In Pakistan, polarization and rhetoric are at their peak and many conflicts abound whilst a terrifying brain drain and flight of capital are...

  • June 20, 2023

    What the budget should have been

    The welfare component in the budget must be viewed in the context of the prevailing economic situation in the country, which has brought immense...

  • May 27, 2023

    Who suffers if Pakistan defaults?

    While politicians and economists debate on talk shows and twitter over the inevitability or impossibility of a potential default, millions of...

  • May 13, 2023

    A crisis can be an opportunity

    I hope that the situation Pakistan is currently witnessing will be the worst it gets, with no further escalation. We were already facing a crippling...

  • May 06, 2023

    Wheat policy imperatives

    Wheat has been in the spotlight lately for two reasons: news of a bumper crop and, that notwithstanding, fears of impending shortage due to hoarding...

  • April 27, 2023

    Flood funds and telethons

    The 2022 monsoon season “on steroids” left in its wake widespread destruction, submerging one third of the country under water, with over half...

  • March 24, 2023

    Subsidy gone wrong

    The interim governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recently launched a free atta initiative. Rs53 billion worth of free atta is meant to...

  • February 21, 2023

    Targeting subsidies

    While headlines are dominated by the politics of power, a significant proportion of the country’s population is struggling to put food on the...

  • February 14, 2023

    Ehsaas Rehribaan stalled

    For 42 street vendors in 1-10 Islamabad, February 3 was supposed to be like any other workday. They were to set up their stalls and prepare for a...

  • July 28, 2022

    Privatization ordinance

    The cabinet has approved the ‘Inter-Governmental Commercial Transactions Ordinance, 2022’ which gives the federal government sweeping powers to...

  • July 15, 2022

    Ehsaas Rashan Riayat

    Each year, Pakistan spends billions of rupees in untargeted federal and provincial subsidies across sectors. Much of these government transfers are...

  • April 30, 2022

    Reversing Ehsaas data analytics

    The government has signaled a policy intent to reverse a decision, which was taken in 2019, under the Ehsaas Governance and Integrity Policy through...

  • March 01, 2022

    Ehsaas Nashonuma scale-up

    Since 1967, which is when the first national nutrition survey was carried out in Pakistan, trend lines tracking nutrition outcomes have failed to...

  • January 29, 2022

    Ehsaas school stipends

    This week, the Ehsaas Taleemi Wazaif App has been made available on Google Play store. Through this App, anyone, anywhere can register students of...

  • January 22, 2022

    National socioeconomic registry

    Last week, we officially concluded door-to-door data collection for Ehsaas’ National Socioeconomic Survey. This extensive data collection exercise...

  • November 23, 2021

    Ehsaas Rashan subsidy

    The Ehsaas Rashan Riayat Program has been fast-tracked for implementation as one of the policy responses to address the recent wave of food...

  • June 09, 2021

    Ending poverty, ensuring health

    As the latest increase in cases of Covid-19 appear to be dropping and vaccines, which are key to us and the world to get through the acute stage of...

  • August 21, 2020

    The Ehsaas experience

    In 2017, I was a candidate to become the next director-general of the World Health Organization. At the 70th World Health Assembly, I stood before...

  • October 15, 2019

    Logic behind the langar

    The Langar Policy is one of several policies under the Ehsaas umbrella, in its Safety Net category. This policy is being implemented in the...

  • September 17, 2019

    The Ehsaas strategy

    The Ehsaas Strategy has been released today to solicit public input, prior to its finalization. The strategy elaborates on the prime minister’s...

  • May 01, 2018

    More provinces?

    Calls to create more provinces are once again resonating across Pakistan as the elections draws closer. Beyond the election rhetoric, the objective...

  • April 13, 2018

    The e-voting challenge

    Discussions on e-voting have re-emerged as the election draws closer and the National Database and Registration Authority gears up to present its...

  • April 07, 2018

    Corrupting health

    Over half the world’s population is denied essential health services. This means that scores of communities cannot get the medicines they need,...

  • March 17, 2018

    The future of government

    Governments in countries such as Pakistan – with exploding and rapidly urbanising populations – face increasing challenges to deliver ‘good...

  • March 08, 2018

    The fight for women’s health

    Over the last year, as the global movement for women’s equality and gender parity gained momentum, we saw a sea change around the world. Women...

  • March 01, 2018

    Nurses: our silent heroes

    While they are often in the background, nurses are at the heart of every national health system. They do everything, whether it involves caring for...

  • February 21, 2018

    The human capital agenda

    As the country gears up for the 2018 general election, it is important to examine where and how human capital development features in party...

  • October 04, 2017

    Road to anti-corruption

    Following the publication of my article, ‘The corruption imperatives’ , on these pages, I received several emails asking me to elaborate...

  • September 20, 2017

    The corruption imperative

    Corruption is now widely discussed and condemned in Pakistan. There seems to be a growing realisation that corruption isn’t just about...

  • August 13, 2015

    The next big promise

    On August 2, 2015, the UN Inter-Governmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals’ process came...

  • July 25, 2015

    Countering corruption

    We in Pakistan are slowly beginning to realise that corruption and collusion don’t just take an economic and social toll, but that the...

  • May 27, 2015

    Pakistan’s short-termism

    There is a striking similarity between a country and a child. In either case, someone has to keep an eye on their long-term interest. In the case of...

  • April 12, 2015

    18th Amendment: five years on

    It has been five years since enactment of the 18th Amendment to the constitution of Pakistan and four years since the end of the term of several...

  • January 06, 2015

    The drug pricing policy

    The drug pricing policy is on the prime minister’s table for the final approval. Three dimensions of pricing need to be segregated: 1) Initial...