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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  • TChina’s foreign policy under its new leadership will be defined by an age old, well thought out strategic vision. As a great believer of China’s “scientific outlook” vision, I was most encouraged to see this continuity element in the full text of  Resolution of the ...

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  • TIt is an obvious truth that it is cheaper to be at peace than at war. Yet, it is equally challenging how expensive it has become to achieve that peace in every part of the world. Pakistan is at war. Its government has no plans for peace so far. For that, one requires leadership, which can assess ...

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  • TPresident Barack Obama has won the mandate to rule US and by proxy the world for another four years. We as the key ‘problem child’ of the world need to be clear on what we are faced with in the future. It is not so important how we view the world. It is more important how the world ...

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  • TEver since time immemorial, the thirst for maximisation of natural resources has led to the alteration of the world map. Empires have been made and broken. Countries have been born and split. But the rat race for resources still goes on.Whilst most countries can dream of hegemonic designs for ...

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  • TWhat Lord Palmerston said at the height of the British Empire stands true for the American empire in the coming decade: “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.” Pakistan along ...

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  • TPML-N Quaid Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is the only leader of a national party, who has been categorical about how the PML-N considers division of Sindh equivalent to treason and how Pakistan's territorial integrity is linked to Sindh's borders not being tampered with. As a worker of the PML-N, I ...

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  • TThe first attack which was launched against the Higher Education Commission was last year around the same time. The real reason the federal government put pressure on the HEC was to grab its funds for corrupt purposes and to safeguard the parliamentary fake degrees, which were to be uncovered by ...

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  • T Marvi Memon As I stare at a graph tabulating Asia’s growth rates from 1700 to 2050, the return of Asian economic power is all evident. If all goes well for our continent, we could be looking at dominating the world by being at 52 percent of the world’s GDP. At this stage, the only ...

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  • THuman rights being upheld for all, protection for the discriminated, provinces being treated equally, rule of law, military-civil divide being clear, development for all, Constitution being upheld, empowerment for the youth…….these are some of the values I struggled for during my four ...

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  • T Everyone has a turning point in their life. My political turning point came in March 2010, when after having stayed on a footpath for seven nights and seven days for the sake of merit for watercourse employees, I decided it was time for ‘new’ politics - a politics, which did not ...

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  • TWhilst the people of Pakistan suffer from food, electricity, gas, fuel shortages and the worst security and corruption environment in the country, most of the political parties are still busy politicking. In this electric environment where the debate has turned towards whose jalsa is the biggest, ...

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  • TThe youth is frustrated and disappointed with the old order. They have only seen older politicians looting the country, and thus limiting their chances of gainful employment. Most of our youth is unemployed. Can you imagine what a big disaster that is for the economy? In a situation where the ...

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  • TMarvi Memon As I travel in all our villages, I often try to answer the question as to what binds us together as a nation. The list of what divides is easily found because every old school of thought politician has used the glue to divide and has contributed to the divisions and hatred between all ...

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  • TMarvi Memon Pakistan is in a mess. Most of the common Pakistanis are suffering from this increasing mess for some time. It is my firm belief that none other than the small ruling elite of Pakistan is actually responsible for creating the mess and for turning it into a failed State. What is even ...

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