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

    Climate priorities: Lessons for flood risk mitigation in Pakistan

    For millions of devastated people, the response to Pakistan’s unprecedented flooding came too late. Learning from this is essential to averting and mitigating future crises. Pakistan is all too familiar with floods and droughts. The country, however, has recently been facing increasingly devastating climate disasters. Unprecedented floods in between June and September...

    16 Nov 2022 | Hina Shaikh

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    Stubble burning in Pakistan: Why it continues and how can it be curtailed?

    Many farmers consider stubble burning as the most effective and cost-efficient way to clear land for the next planting season. However, the environmental and health costs of agricultural stubble burning far outweigh the short-term economic benefits for farmers. This necessitates policy actions that offer environmentally friendly and affordable alternatives for...

    1 Jun 2022 | Hina Shaikh

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    Has COVID-19 exacerbated gender inequalities in Pakistan?

    Women in the developing world face an array of vulnerabilities and are at a relative disadvantage when compared to men. In Pakistan for example, they are less likely to receive vital information on health safety, have lower levels of education, and are less likely to own a mobile phone or have internet access. In the context of a pandemic like COVID-19, these disparities...

    10 Mar 2021 | Hina Shaikh

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    Data for decision making in the COVID-19 crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global crisis. For governments to respond effectively, policymakers need quality data on the prevalence of the virus and its various social and economic impacts. There are now at least 55 million confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world, with over a million deaths. While the world has probably not experienced a pandemic of this...

    17 Nov 2020 | Zeeshan Abedin, Emanuele Brancati, Victoria Delbridge, Sebastian Kriticos, Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Using data to inform the COVID-19 policy response

    The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced. Data can be used to target resources, forecast future needs, or evaluate decisions. Data collection should be guided by specific policy questions surrounding how to contain the disease, how to protect the vulnerable, and how to mitigate damage to economies. To better serve...

    17 Nov 2020 | Zeeshan Abedin, Emanuele Brancati, Michael Callen, Victoria Delbridge, Edward Glaeser, Sebastian Kriticos, Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Urban property taxes in Pakistan’s Punjab

    Property tax is a significantly under-utilised tax instrument in Punjab, accounting for only 6% of the total provincial tax. With a population of over 100 million, all of Punjab collects less urban property tax than the city of Chennai in India, home to about 10 million people. Punjab's cities have significant service delivery deficits. For example, only 35% of urban...

    2 Nov 2020 | Shahrukh Wani, Hina Shaikh, Oliver Harman

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    Poverty eradication in Pakistan: Past, present, and future

    While the current government in Pakistan has taken a multi-dimensional approach and introduced some measures to eradicate poverty, along with specific COVID-19 emergency interventions, many challenges still remain. We lay out our thoughts below on whether Pakistan is on track to achieving SDG1 by 2030, given that another 10 million are expected to move into poverty due to...

    12 Oct 2020 | Hina Shaikh, Anum Anis

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    Responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on informal workers in South Asia

    Informal workers contribute the most to the economy in the region but are excluded from the legal and contractual protections of formal workers. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold across the world, informal workers remain exceptionally vulnerable to the economic and labour market shocks of the pandemic. Many of these workers are likely to lose their jobs and face...

    13 May 2020 | Hina Shaikh

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    COVID-19: Pakistan’s preparations and response

    The government of Pakistan has taken unprecedented steps to counter the effects of COVID-19 crisis, but is unclear if these will be enough given the challenges facing the country prior to the pandemic. Pakistan is amongst the 180+ countries dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. There are now clear warnings of a global economic recession as workers continue to fall sick,...

    6 Apr 2020 | Hina Shaikh

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    Protecting the unprotected: How can social protection reduce the vulnerability of informal workers?

    Many countries like Pakistan need innovative solutions to mitigate the risks faced by its labour force, especially those engaged in informal work. A comprehensive social protection system that targets this vulnerable segment - not qualified as extremely poor nor employed in the formal sector - of the workforce can be one way to approach this. Most informal workers...

    25 Nov 2019 | Hina Shaikh

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    A framework for affordable housing in Pakistan

    Pakistan’s population explosion and rapid urbanisation has left a growing number of people without access to decent, stable, affordable housing. The last census, in 2017, documents a housing stock of 32.2 million, of which 39% is urban. The urban population is expected to grow by 2.3 million people per year over the next 20 years. This translates into the demand for...

    13 Aug 2019 | Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Hina Shaikh

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    Should graduation programmes replace the more conventional cash transfers?

    The past decade has seen an exponential rise in social protection initiatives – mostly in the form of unconditional cash transfer programmes. In Latin America, Africa and South Asia, these emerge as promising interventions to reduce poverty. There is also a rising global trend of using conditionalities linked to such transfers to increase school enrolment, and access to...

    3 May 2019 | Hina Shaikh

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    Understanding Third Tier Organisations (TTOs) in Pakistan and their role in filling public delivery gaps at the community level

    Research into Third Tier Organisations in Pakistan highlights the important work they carry out in spite of a lack of significant government funding. Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), a not-for-profit, along with its partner organizations has been working on social mobilization and development of voluntary organizations at community level across Pakistan. A...

    1 Apr 2019 | Sharmin Arif, Hina Shaikh

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    Public finance to improve outcomes

    Pakistan continues to face significant social and economic challenges. Provision of basic services such as health and education falls short of international standards, while women and the poor are often wholly excluded from accessing these services. At a time when the government is under pressure to demonstrate fiscal restraint, a strong public financial management system...

    15 Mar 2019 | Hina Shaikh

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    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

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    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 | Ijaz Nabi, 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 | Ijaz Nabi, 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, 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