Despite claims, large number of Bangladeshis don’t have access to basic financial services

An Impact Policy and Research Institute (IMPRI) note prepared by Dr Utpal K De and Dr Simi Mehta on “Financial inclusion in Bangladesh: Initiatives, achievements and way forward amidst Covid-19 pandemic”: Financial Inclusion has been recently acknowledged as a key enabler for reducing poverty and improving prosperity. However, more than 50% adults of the poorest … Continue reading Despite claims, large number of Bangladeshis don’t have access to basic financial services

Trade and policy shocks in Nepal amidst pandemic: Observations, lessons, way forward

By Raghu Bir Bista, PhD* Foreign Trade is an external sector in the world as a huge potential key driver of economic growth rate, income equity and poverty reduction. Since 1990s, South Asia has been struggling trade gain from internationalism and regionalism through building a liberal trade policy regime. SAPTA to SAFTA is an example … Continue reading Trade and policy shocks in Nepal amidst pandemic: Observations, lessons, way forward

Administrative reforms needed for New India, Atmanirbhar Bharat

By Dr Arjun Kumar, Anshula Mehta* Winning the next election is always a supreme task, executives and legislators have had their electoral pressures and considerations and therefore each policy is seen as a political investment. Civil services and other government jobs have generated interests primarily for their job security, high salaries, and promotions. On several … Continue reading Administrative reforms needed for New India, Atmanirbhar Bharat

Banker for poor who hopes to bounce back from pandemic’s economic fallout

By Moin Qazi* Finance is one field where we have witnessed significant innovations in recent decades, and this has transformed our society in many ways. Earlier, we could hardly visualise social change in rural India as it was mired in caste conflicts and was impervious to the winds of change. Before the 1980s, outsiders rarely … Continue reading Banker for poor who hopes to bounce back from pandemic’s economic fallout

Deflationary situation, issue COVID-19 bonds to immediately raise money: Prof Arun Kumar

COVID-19 induced lockdown is a voluntary cessation of economic activity, Prof Arun Kumar, one of India’s most eminent economist, said while addressing the audience in a Distinguished Lecture #WebPolicyTalk organized by Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi on Socio-Economic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic in India held on October 7, 2020. Prof Kumar is … Continue reading Deflationary situation, issue COVID-19 bonds to immediately raise money: Prof Arun Kumar

A closely watched metric, GDP paradox should be revisited amidst Covid-19

By Moin Qazi* While a global pandemic has been a looming risk for decades, COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through societies, economies, health systems and governments around the world. The pandemic has revealed both the fragility of our social security and welfare delivery systems and the need to come up with resilient, long-term solutions and more … Continue reading A closely watched metric, GDP paradox should be revisited amidst Covid-19

John Weeks, who humanised economics as discipline, questioned the power of capital

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* Prof John Weeks, widely admired development economist passed away on 26th of June 2020 at the age of 79. His death is a blow to many friends, comrades, colleagues, students and fellow progressive economists. He was born in Austin, educated in Texas and Michigan, lived and worked most of his professional … Continue reading John Weeks, who humanised economics as discipline, questioned the power of capital