News and Views

Umair Javed (CDPR Fellow), writes in an article in Dawn, that little attention has been paid by any tier of government to the issue of dignified employment, access to affordable housing, and the quality of education being provided in government schools. As these elected governments near the end of their third year in office, there remains a lot still to be done for more substantive democratisation. View article here.
Shehryar Nabi (CDPR Communications Assistant) reports on the changing religious attitudes towards contraception in Pakistan and its potential impact on healthcare for women, infant mortality and fertility rates. He also examines how families who may want to take up family planning face obstacles in doing so. View article here.
Shehryar Nabi, Communications Assistant at CDPR, writes about Punjab’s Reforms Roadmap, an initiative by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to improve health, education and sanitation in the province. The article reports on how the initiative improved the level of staff attendance and the quality of facilities in Punjab’s schools and hospitals. But the Roadmap is now faced with the question of how improved inputs can actually translate to better health and education outcomes, which have yet to see clear signs of improvement. View article here.
William P. Mako (CDPR Fellow) and Wohnyuk Lim (KDI) in their latest paper suggest that The Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB) must break from World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) practices to close Asia’s infrastructure gap. They propose innovative investments to develop infrastructure finance as an asset class and quickly organize concessional financing. View summary of the paper here.
Jeff Hammer (CDPR Fellow), Uzma Afzal and Usman Ghaus in an article in Dawn, explain that public primary healthcare has, to date, no discernible impact on the health status based on existing analysis. This needs to be explained before large sums of additional money are allocated to it. Therefore, getting more precise evidence on the role of public intervention on health is of utmost priority. View article here.
Our Communications Assistant, Shehryar Nabi, writes about how Pakistanis generally view public institutions to be corrupt and dysfunctional. Looking at the data on the performance of public institutions, that outlook becomes easy to understand. Attempts to reform these institutions haven’t worked because they focus more on the appearance of a working public sector rather than tackling the harder problem of improving its substance. A different approach championed by Harvard Kennedy School professor Lant Pritchett that focuses on how to improve the internal function of public services through experimental, evidence-based policy design could offer a solution to the problem. View article here.
In a recent article published in Dawn newspaper, Dr. Masooma Habib (CDPR Board Member) discusses challenges in education faced by the KP government, recent initiatives taken to address them and what more needs to be done using new policy analytical methods. View article here.
Umair Javed (CDPR Affiliate) discusses the latest protests by parents over private schools’ fee hikes. View article here.
Dr. Homi Kharas (CDPR Fellow) discusses how partnerships are an intriguing new tool for driving progress in the developing world. The arguments he presents are based on the panel discussion on the launch of OECD’s 2015 Development Cooperation Report. While partnerships can be seen as the natural bridge between official development projects and sustainable, locally owned projects, obstacles to successful partnerships such as risk-averse political leadership can lead to ineffective interventions. View blog here.
Dr. Nabi (Chairman CDPR) explains what is right and wrong with the taxation system of Pakistan in his latest interview with The News. Read full interview here.