Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 06:00pm
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 07:30pm
Challenges in Implementing Sustainable Development Policy in Pakistan
Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, Pakistan’s Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs & Statistics
Adil Najam, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University
Asim Khwaja, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by SAI, The Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School, Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America, and Pakistani Association of Greater Boston
Pakistani challenges are often viewed to be security related; however, quite critical to country’s stability and development are the financial and economic challenges that it faces. Dr Hafeez Shaikh is engaged with the all aspects of Pakistan’s economic management, from allocation of donor flows, fiscal and macroeconomic policy as well as initiating the much needed reforms of the state sector. What is Dr Hafeez Shaikh’s analysis of Pakistan’s financial and economic challenges and what is his vision for a sustainable development policy?
Dr. Shaikh has over 25 years experience in policymaking, private sector and academia. His public sector record includes serving for three years the Federal Minister for Privatization and Investment. His tenure is regarded as the most successful in Pakistan’s history with 34 transactions worth $5 billion completed and annual Foreign Direct Investment increasing from $ 1 billion to $ 5 Billion. He has served as member of the Upper House, where he was member of Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on World Trade Organization. He had a highly successful tenure as Minister for Finance, Planning and Development in Sindh Province. He was the architect of the financial recovery of Sindh, restoring financial discipline, paying over $350 million of overdue bills, clearing the over draft of $185 million with the State Bankof Pakistan and increasing allocation for poverty alleviation. His private sector experience includes serving as a General Partner of a $1.38 Billion international investment company, headquartered in New York. He was the Country Head of the World Bank in Saudi Arabia and led assignments and advised more than 18 countries of Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa as a senior World Bank official. Some of these countries include Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Romania, Czech Republic, Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Tanzania and Ghana. Before joining the World Bank, he worked at Harvard University. Dr. Shaikh has a Ph.D in economics and has authored a book on Privatization in Argentina.
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 05:00pm
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 06:30pm
Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, Supreme Court of Pakistan
Osama Siddique, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School
Beena Sarwar, Senior Journalist, Jang Group Pakistan & Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance at HKS
Chair: Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School
Co-sponsored by SAI, Harvard Law School & the Harvard Pakistan Student Group
As Pakistan awakens from a decade-long military rule, the nation finds itself in the grasp of political turmoil, economic challenges, weak democratic institutions and the menace of terrorism. But while these factors pose a serious threat for the nascent democracy in Pakistan, there are signs of hope for the believers as a resurgent Supreme Court, with support from the legal fraternity, is leading the way towards constitutional adherence and rule of law in the country. However, several voices of ‘liberal’ dissent argue that so long as religion plays a predominant role in Pakistan’s legal paradigm, there shall be a recurrent disposition to interpret and apply the law as an instrument of extremist religious ideology, and in the process shackle the progressive and liberal growth of democracy.This event will provide a forum for leading experts from Pakistan’s judiciary and the legal fraternity to engage in a constructive debate about the current state of constitutionalism in the country, as well as the role that religion plays in Pakistani laws. Through this forum, we hope to facilitate dialogue that fosters a better understanding of challenges confronting Pakistan’s legal landscape and a discussion that generates ideas on the best way forward.
Constitutional Fidelity or Turf War? The Promise and Pitfalls of Judicial Activism in Pakistan from South Asia Initiative on Vimeo.
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:30pm
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 02:00pm
Thu, May 3, 2012 at 01:00pm
Thu, May 3, 2012 at 03:00pm
RELIGION, MEANING AND BELIEF IN MEDIEVAL AND CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIAN SOCIETIES
“Social Justice in Islamicate South Asia: Ismat Chughtai’s Cosmopolitan Struggle”
Sadaf Jaffer, Doctoral Candidate in the Indo-Muslim Culture program at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
“Producing Islam – Belief, Practice, & Politics at an Islamic Seminary (Madrasa) in Pakistan”
Bilal A. Malik , Ed.D. candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
“Muhibb Allah Ilahabadi: A Seventeenth Century Sufi, and Why Every South Asianist Should Care About Him”
Shankar Nair, PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion
“Rethinking the Role of Religion in Premodern South Asia”
Harpreet Singh, PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion
LAND, LAW, URBANIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA
“Urbanization without cities: Land conflicts along inter-urban highways in India”
Sai Balakrishnan, PhD Candidate in Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design
“A Socio-Legal History of the Right to Property in India”
Namita Wahi, S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 05:00pm
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 08:00pm
A film about the Sikh culture of generosity and sharing through the tradition of their community kitchens.
Presented by Vikas Khanna, Michelin Starred Indian chef, restaurateur, food writer, film maker, humanitarian and the host of the TV Show MasterChef India.
Introduction by Harpreet Singh, College Fellow and member of faculty in the Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Initiative, the Harvard Foundation, and the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Read more here.