Courting disaster

Dawn | August 18, 2017 Imaduddin Ahmed SIXTEEN million people in Pakistan lack access to safe water. Scarcity of clean water and poor sanitation claim 19,000 children under five years of age in Pakistan annually, according to WaterAid. Per FAO/World Bank data, Pakistan’s internal renewable freshwater per capita is less than that in Syria, whose … Continue reading

After off-grid electricity, what chance off-grid water?

Water Scarcity Financial Times | 31 July, 2017 Innovative solutions bring the prospect of accessible water to the isolated poor By Imaduddin Ahmed   Fifty-one million people lack access to safe water in the core East African Community member states of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, according to WaterAid. Over 13,000 children under five die … Continue reading

Leapfrogging into the light

Financial Times | 27 March, 2017 Solar systems help Rwanda government switch from provider to regulator of electricity by Imaduddin Ahmed Mobile phones were the “leapfrog” infrastructure of the last decade. They allowed governments and companies in developing countries to skip installing landline systems underground. Off-grid solar home systems are proving to be the leapfrog … Continue reading

What’s in a name?

BY IMADUDDIN AHMED “India” should be a shared nomenclature between the Republic of India and Pakistan Pakistan Today | 20 March, 2017 Disputes over the Indus waters divide the Republic of India and Pakistan. There is talk of talks in Lahore this month between the countries’ representatives. Recognising shared historical identity stemming from the river … Continue reading

Pakistani community in Rwanda marks Independence Day

By: MOSES OPOBO New Times | August 16, 2016 Bilateral ties between Pakistan and Rwanda are on track and could only grow stronger, nearly a century after the first Pakistani national settled in Rwanda. The sentiment was shared by the Pakistani community in Rwanda and their Rwandan counterparts as the former marked 69 years of … Continue reading

The Protection of Women against Violence Act falls short of its objective

by Nihal Ates Pakistan Today | 9 March, 2016 A London-based independent domestic violence advocate hopes national legislation won’t repeat the Punjab Act’s mistakes Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy intimated at the Oscars that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will legislate at the national level to address honour killings. One hopes that the legislation he plans to pass is … Continue reading

Barceloner

A lost Pakistani encounters the Catalan capital Imaduddin Ahmed The Friday Times blogs | Feb 13, 2016 Offered a flight and three nights at a four-star in Barcelona if I spoke at a conference, I found myself alone in a city which perhaps enjoys the highest per capita number of stunners. Equipped with no Spanish as I boarded … Continue reading

My reads in 2015

62 books, ave 303pp; 16 papers, ave 29pp; total 19,284pp 60 books of 2014 45 books of 2013 Macroeconomics 1) Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (Translator), 685pp, 2014 **** 2) State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery by Atul Kohli, 480pp, 2004 3) The Atlas of Economic … Continue reading

Small world occurences – a few of the more unusual instances

Facebook makes life seem as though the stars often align – in the past couple of days a friend who is a doctor statused that she wanted to treat gorillas instead of  humans. Another friend posted photos of Zanzibar. Informed the first that my employer is charged with the conservation of gorillas and that I … Continue reading

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