Dr. Vaqar Ahmed

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed is joint executive director at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He has served as an adviser 
to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and has undertaken assignments with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Finance, Planning and Commerce Ministries in Pakistan.

Twitter: @vaqarahmed​


Latest published

Social entrepreneurs could be important in achieving sustainable development

It is widely understood that the United Nations Agenda 2030, which is a framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be difficult to achieve if only traditional instruments of implementing development programs in economically backward countries are used.

April 10, 2018

Commitment to UN sustainable development goals needs reassessment

More than two years have passed since the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force.

March 21, 2018

Why Financial Action Task Force and developing economies need more interaction 

Today several developing economies find themselves on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) watch list, not knowing fully why they are part of this and how something within their national boundary may have contributed to the financing of terrorism. 

March 05, 2018

Pakistan’s pursuit of economic reforms

The recently published book “Pakistan’s Agenda for Economic Reforms” highlights four major linkages between governance and economy. First, weak rule of law hampers economic growth.

February 23, 2018

Private sector a vital part of solution to climate change

It is now widely understood that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present substantial opportunities for businesses to attract investment for sustainable development.

January 10, 2018

South Asia’s citizens can succeed where governments failed

The unfortunate postponement of the 19th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has led to a complete deadlock on potential agreements on energy, trade, transit and investment.

December 09, 2017

Pakistan: What does the census mean for urban youth?

With the upcoming provisional results of Pakistan’s population census, the country may now be the world’s sixth most populous. The preliminary results show a total population of 207.8 million, compared to 132.4 million in 1998. Some 49 percent of the population are women.

November 25, 2017