Kulsum Ahmed

Kulsum Ahmed has over 25 years of experience in climate and environmental sustainability. She worked at the World Bank for 24 years. Prior to her retirement at the end of 2016, Dr. Ahmed was the Practice Manager in the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice, leading a large team of people based in multiple countries working on environment, natural resource and climate programs in Western and Eastern European countries, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia.

She has also led projects in the Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa and Asia Regions, many of which are featured in journals and publications. Dr. Ahmed also established and led the Bank-wide global programs on environmental institutions and governance, as well as pollution management and environmental health.

She has published extensively on strategic environmental assessment, environmental health, industrial pollution, and green growth topics. Dr. Ahmed studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Imperial College, London. Currently Dr. Ahmed’s focus is on raising awareness of climate and environmental issues and solutions to address them in Pakistan and on helping stakeholders who want to improve quality-of-life, related to environmental and climate factors, for all Pakistanis.

Content by Kulsum Ahmed
  • Blog post

    How women can improve resilience and productivity of vulnerable households in Pakistan

    In this IGC project, we look at evidence from Pakistan to understand the developmental and poverty outcomes of female labour force participation, particularly in low-income and vulnerable households. This is done in the context of informing a concessional finance programme targeted at vulnerable households. However, our findings yield broader results, suggesting that if...

    6 Oct 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Blog post

    How environmental risk factors affect health and poverty in Pakistan

    Environmental risk factors such as air pollution affect health and income disproportionately in lower income households. In this IGC project, we review the long-term effects of non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, and air pollution, particularly on poverty outcomes in Pakistan. Despite lackluster economic growth in recent years, Pakistan has succeeded in reducing...

    4 Oct 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Publication - Project Report

    The path to a successful Pakistan

    Despite lackluster economic growth, Pakistan has succeeded in sharply reducing endemic poverty. However, a large share of low income households, engaged in low productivity occupations, lies just above the poverty line. Such households are vulnerable to economic shocks (such as the one associated with COVID-19, sharp energy price increase, food price inflation, health...

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Strengthening low-income household support programmes

    This policy brief investigates how integrating actions to improve air and water quality and create income earning opportunities for women can improve low-income support programmes.

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Sanval Nasim, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Increasing productivity in Pakistan through a gender and vulnerability lens

    This policy brief examines recommendations to encourage female participation in the labour force in Pakistan.

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Farah Said

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Prioritising climate action through a health and vulnerability lens

    This brief describes a six-point policy agenda to tackle air pollution, focusing on actions that could involve a broader effort to tackle climate change.

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Sanval Nasim

  • Project

    Kamyab Pakistan Programme: Making it green and gender-inclusive

    The Kamyab Pakistan Programme (KPP) was launched by the Prime Minister on October 4 2021 to address low-income households’ vulnerability to income shocks. Under KPP, the government will provide subsidised, interest-free microloans to 3.7 million families over a period of five years to support growth of small firms and farms. The KPP aims to reduce poverty and transition...

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim