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Sania Nishtar

Sania Nishtar

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Sania Nishtar, former special assistant on poverty alleviation and social protection to the prime minister of Pakistan, is former chairperson of the Punjab Ehsaas Program.

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  1. Digital-Payment Systems Could Revolutionize Health Care
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    Digital-Payment Systems Could Revolutionize Health Care

    Feb 21, 2023 Sania Nishtar sees rapid uptake of mobile wallets as the key to integrating the latest technology into essential services.

  2. Climate Policy Is Social Policy
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    Climate Policy Is Social Policy

    Nov 4, 2021 Sania Nishtar explains why Pakistan’s efforts to combat global warming go hand in hand with its anti-poverty programs.

  3. How Cash Transfers Prevent Lockdown Tragedies
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    How Cash Transfers Prevent Lockdown Tragedies

    Aug 19, 2020 Sania Nishtar explains how Pakistan emergency payments to households have mitigated the pandemic's socioeconomic fallout.

  4. Bringing Gender Equality to Global Public Health
    A nurse takes care of incubators at the premature baby ward of the pediatric hospital in Bangui FLORENT VERGNES/AFP/Getty Images

    Bringing Gender Equality to Global Public Health

    May 8, 2018 Helen Clark & Sania Nishtar share the findings of a new report that documents how major health organizations leave women behind.

  5. How Corruption Impedes Universal Health Coverage
     Indian laborers get free medical attention at a street clinic run by a local NGO Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

    How Corruption Impedes Universal Health Coverage

    Apr 6, 2018 Sania Nishtar calls for a global strategy to end the fraudulent practices that claim millions of victims worldwide.

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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.
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    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.
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    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

    Dani Rodrik shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
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    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.
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    The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need

    Joaquim Levy, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can rise to current global challenges.
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    The World Cannot Afford to Ignore the Poorest Countries

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose warn that a growing gap between the world’s haves and have-nots will undercut global goals.
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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh

    For the last several years, world leaders have made big promises and laid out bold plans to mitigate the climate crisis and help the neediest countries adapt. At this year's World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, they must demonstrate that they can fulfill these promises, rather than simply touting new ones.

    think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.
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    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Dennis Ross

    With the exception of the extreme right, no one in Israel wants to be stuck in Gaza, responsible for 2.4 million Palestinians, and facing a likely insurgency. Israel can end this war soon and save those hostages who are still alive, having demilitarized Gaza and set the stage for an alternative to Hamas.

    thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.

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