Hina Shaikh

Hina Shaikh has been working in the development sector for over 10 years. With an under-graduate degree in Computer Sciences and an MSC in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, she now has a keen interest in working on current economic development issues within Pakistan. Her Master’s Thesis, entitled ‘Financial Liberalization and Rural Access to Credit’ undertook an analysis of the recent wave of privatization of MCB Bank and its impact on access to credit, particularly studying the role of rural credit markets and its relationship with commercial banking. She has been with IGC since June 2012. She has previously completed several assignments in development having worked with the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNICEF and UNWomen. She recently worked on the Social Protection Index report for Pakistan for the ADB. She also worked with the Punjab Government on the Punjab Devolved Social Services Program for a year and worked 5 years at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.   Hina’s research interests include public policy in the social sector, particularly education, role of the public and private sector in service provision and financing, understanding and analyzing poverty (including gendered poverty) and development in developing countries and political economy of governance and economic reforms.  

Content by Hina Shaikh
  • Blog post

    What the government is (and isn't) doing to fix urban issues

    What is the government currently doing about Pakistan’s staggering urban challenges? Where is more work needed? Here is an overview per issue. Housing Pakistan faces a growing housing shortfall of approximately 4.4 million units. When provided, the quality is often substandard and low income groups receive little benefit. To redress chronic housing problems,...

    15 May 2017 | Ijaz Nabi, Hina Shaikh

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    The six biggest challenges facing Pakistan's urban future

    Pakistan is among the most urbanized countries of South Asia. As challenges mount, urban planning is gradually finding space in the policy discourse. This is the first of three blog posts on Pakistan’s rapid urbanization. It discusses the pace of urbanization and the major problems associated with it. This will be followed by posts on how the government is responding to...

    16 Jan 2017 | Hina Shaikh, Ijaz Nabi

  • Blog post

    Moving Pakistan up the value chain: Opportunities in textiles and garments

    Textiles, particularly readymade garments, are a significant and growing component of Pakistan’s Economy. This blog, by the IGC’s Hina Shaikh outlines challenges and promising policy ideas facing Pakistan’s textiles and garments sector. Improving policy and industry incentives for the Garments sector has the potential to act as an engine of growth through both jobs...

    29 Jul 2015 | Hina Shaikh

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    Reforming the urban property tax in Punjab

    The government of Punjab faces a serious fiscal challenge in paying for the delivery of basic public services. Growing demands for greater accountability by voters now mean that serious efforts to reform the government’s tax capacity must be explored. This blog explores a complement of reforms to urban property tax laws that could have the potential to substantially raise...

    15 Jul 2015 | Hina Shaikh, Sohaib Athar

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    Cross-party involvement and reform in Pakistan

    Despite early signs of growing cross-party cooperation, Pakistan continues to be beset by political disagreement. If evidence-based policymaking is to succeed in Pakistan, new forums will have to be developed for political debate and cooperation

    1 May 2015 | Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Reclaiming prosperity in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: A medium term strategy for inclusive growth (summary)

    1 Apr 2015 | Khalid Ikram, Syed Turab Hussain, Bilal Siddiqi, Usman Khan, Yasir Khan, Munir Ahmed, Osama Siddique, Anjum Nasim, Arif Nadeem, Muhammad Ahsan Rana, Hina Shaikh, Rashid Amjad, G. M. Arif

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Reclaiming prosperity in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: A medium term strategy for inclusive growth (full report)

    1 Apr 2015 | Khalid Ikram, Syed Turab Hussain, Bilal Siddiqi, Usman Khan, Yasir Khan, Munir Ahmed, Osama Siddique, Anjum Nasim, Arif Nadeem, Muhammad Ahsan Rana, Hina Shaikh, Rashid Amjad, G. M. Arif

  • Project

    Development of Punjab Growth Strategy 2018

    Punjab has been suffering from low rates of economic growth for the past few years The province needs to grow rapidly to provide enough jobs for its increasing labour force The Chief Minister asked the IGC to help develop a growth strategy for the province The strategy has now been adopted by the Government as its official Growth...

    19 Jan 2015 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid, Ali Cheema, Syed Turab Hussain, Syed Ali Hasanain, Azam Chaudhry, Nazish Afraz, Anjum Nasim, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Zeba Sathar, Sohaib Athar, Hina Shaikh

  • Project

    Develop a reform program for liberalizing regional trade with a focus on trade with India

    The report focuses on Pakistan-India trade and discusses the challenging issues of non –tariff barriers and subsidies. It emphasizes the need for technical capacity to both understand the complexities as well as respond in terms of specific policy instruments such as countervailing duties and regional trade liberalization (SAFTA) in the context of the global trade regimes...

    18 Nov 2014 | Ijaz Nabi, Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Regional Trade Report (Working Paper)

    1 Mar 2013 | Ijaz Nabi, Hina Shaikh