Rethinking Development amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Owing to lack of functional and effective local body infrastructure, particularly in Punjab province, it seems that the government is failing to reach out and providing relief to poor and marginalized communities in the rural areas amidst COVID-19 crisis. The next wave of the pandemic in Pakistan would be our rural areas and to protect the agri-worker and rural economy, the federal government must ensure effective coordination through Council of Common Interest (CCI) and ensure preparedness at tehsil and union council levels. This was the crux of the online policy dialogue titled “Rethinking Development amidst COVID-19 Crisis” organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here at Islamabad.

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