Marvi Memon

  • TThe risk of covariate shocks is particularly high in Pakistan, as the country is prone to natural hazards – including floods, cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches and tsunamis as well as armed conflict and civil unrest that cause loss of life, damage to infrastructure and ...

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  • TBISP has made commendable progress under the PML-N government during the last four years, highlighting the commitment of the government to the poor and vulnerable of the country. The budget allocation for BISP that was Rs70 billion in 2013 jumped to Rs121 billion in 2017. The quarterly stipend ...

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  • TBISP is the largest social safety net and woman financial inclusion program of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Government. It is a unique program which has become internationally acclaimed since it caters to the ultra poor women who need the support of the Islamic welfare state the most. In the ...

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  • TOft have I come across people criticising the cash grants being given to beneficiaries through BISP. The most common criticism in this regard has almost always been that cash grants do not help ameliorate the conditions of beneficiaries. It is imperative however to share with my readers the ...

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  • THaving a count is absolutely vital for efficient policy making, designing and implementation of any intervention by any agency, organisation or even government. In my last article “Pakistan’s National Socio-Economic Registry: a national asset” published in September, 2016, I ...

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  • TBenazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is the largest Social Safety Net System in the South Asia Region.  It is a unique well functioning public sector program that has helped in the transformation of the social protection sector in the country. Established in 2008, one of BISP’s ...

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  • TIn countries experiencing increased exposure to disasters and climate change consequences, there is a growing recognition of the role of Social Safety Nets (SSNs) for building resilience. Countries with effective safety net programs use them to respond to crises and disasters, while countries ...

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  • TBenazir Income Support Program, Pakistan’s largest social safety - a miracle for the poor and a pride for poverty alleviation strategies. This program is perhaps the most celebrated success story of Pakistan internationally yet the most misunderstood in the political elites of Pakistan and the ...

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  • TThe question of “acquis diplomatique”, which is the realm of a collective European foreign policy making, and whether “there is a coherent European foreign and defence policy”, is a relevant one. If it wasn’t relevant a decade ago, it is becoming more and more relevant ...

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