Review of right to play

Right to Play (former Olympic Aid), is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organisation which uses sport and play as a development tool for children and youth. The central delivery method is through international volunteers who teach RTP modules to local coaches based in refugee camps, at schools, or in community based organisations. This review was commissioned… Read more

The teacher labour market in Pakistan

This study questions the feasibility of imposing a broad-based minimum wage legislation for teachers. It focuses on those working in the low-fee sector within the Pakistani context. The scale of the private school sector is unknown. Low-fee schools are likely to be unregistered and unrecognised. They will not exist on government books. The plan for implementing legislation… Read more

Still at risk: internally displaced children’s rights in north-west Pakistan

Starting in 2008 and continuing in mid-2010, fighting between Pakistan’s armed forces and militant groups has led to the internal displacement of more than 3.3 million people. The speed and scale of the Pakistani displacement led to an outpouring of assistance and support. Host communities in areas of displacement took in millions of displaced people… Read more

The education cluster in Pakistan

The 2005 Pakistan earthquake had devastating effects across all sectors, including education. Recent floods have presented additional challenges for the education cluster which has coordinated the response and recovery activities of most education-focused agencies. Key activities of the cluster have included promotion and application of the Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, chronic crises and early… Read more

Cognitive behaviour therapy-based intervention by community health workers for mothers with depression and their infants in rural Pakistan: a cluster-randomised controlled trial

The treatment of perinatal depression is a public-health priority because of its high prevalence and association with disability and poor infant development. This research aims to assess the effect of the intervention on perinatal depression in women, and to test the hypothesis that treatment of perinatal depression would lead to improved nutrition and other health outcomes in the… Read more

Designing active labor market policies in southern Punjab: evidence from household and community surveys

The Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme (PEOP) is a flagship programme of the Government of Punjab being implemented in partnership with DfID. PEOP aims to alleviate poverty and create inclusive growth in the province’s high poverty districts – Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh – by increasing the employability and earnings of poor and vulnerable families. This… Read more

Tracer study of skills for jobs 2012

Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) commissions vocational training by engaging training service providers (TSPs) through a competitive bidding process. It designs training schemes that allow for quality and cost competition among training providers from different sectors. Skills for Job 2012 (SFJ 2012) was one of the schemes that had been designed by PSDF to expand… Read more

Education outcomes and poverty: a reassessment

This book examines the impact of education on the lives and livelihoods of people in developing countries, particularly those living in poorer areas and from poorer households. The chapter titled, ‘skill acquisition and its impact upon lives and livelihoods in Ghana, India and Pakistan’, outlines the different national contexts of skills development in these countries. It assesses… Read more

Higher education and women’s empowerment in Pakistan

This paper summarises the findings of a 2005 doctoral study which explored to what extent participation in higher education offers empowerment to women in Pakistan. A survey instrument was used to question female faculty members and female students from 10 public universities in Pakistan; 1290 students and 290 faculty members responded. Subsequently, semi-structured interviews were… Read more

Sindh Province Report: Nutrition Political Economy, Pakistan

In the Sindh Province of Pakistan, under-nutrition remains a recognized health problem and plays a substantial role in the region’s elevated maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates. Forty per cent of children are underweight and 73% of children and 62% of pregnant women are anaemic. In this report a nutrition governance framework was applied… Read more

Punjab Province Report: Nutrition Political Economy, Pakistan

In the Punjab Province of Pakistan, under-nutrition remains a recognized health problem and plays a substantial role in the region’s elevated maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates. Although Punjab as a whole has marginally less under-nutrition than other provinces, there are large disparities within the province. In this report a nutrition governance framework was… Read more

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