Dr. Safdar A. Sohail is Dean of National Institute of Public Policy (NIPP). National Institute of Public Policy is a public policy research institute, acting as an independent Think Tank of the Government of Pakistan and a hub for public policy research in/on Pakistan. NIPP strives to improve the quality of public policy decision making and service delivery by creating fresh knowledge and evidence and continuously improve the data, information and communication management systems on key public policy issues in Pakistan. Mandated “to serve as a research institute of the Federal Government on matters of Public Policy and to advice the Federal Government on the such policy matters as [are] referred to it” (NSPP Ordinance No. XCIX of 2002), with robust public policy research capacity, NIPP works closely with the government entities in need of policy inputs, independently and in collaboration with distinguished research organizations both in public and private sectors nationally and internationally, on key issues of national interest to help improve the quality of public policy decision making, implementation and evaluation. With its expertise in Public Policy Research Quality Management and Civil Service Training Design and Delivery Research, NIPP helps improve the quality of research and training in different courses of NSPP. Being the national institute of public policy, NIPP is uniquely placed to anchor the public policy research networks to synergise the public policy research activities in the country and optimize the precious resources. NIPP is the lead Unit of NSPP for the development and implementation of cooperative agreements/MOUs between NSPP and international organizations, training institutions and research institutions/think tanks. NIPP brings out the Journal ‘Pakistan Administration’ every June and December.
Dr. Saif Ullah Khalid has worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Governance and Public Policy, National University of Modern Languages. He also served as Strategic Planning Expert in USAID projects in Pakistan. He has been a Program Manager in Centre for Governance and Public Accountability, Islamabad. He was also selected in United Nations Internship Program and served in United Nations Evaluation Program/Process on United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in the Office of Internal Oversight Services, Inspection and Evaluation Division, New York, USA. Furthermore, he was Relationship Manager at Khushhali Bank Limited. Dr. Saif Ullah Khalid holds double Master’s Degree: one in Development Studies, with specialization in Economics of Development from International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, and second is Master’s in Economics from Peshawar University, with distinction, by securing First class First position in Economic department and stood third in the whole province. He completed his PhD, from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where his doctoral thesis is “Theory and Practice of police corruption control in Pakistan Case studies of three Police Departments”. He was awarded HEC foreign scholarship for MS leading to PhD. His current publications are “Theory and Practice of Understanding Corruption in Pakistan: Case study of National Accountability Bureau, KPK” and “Medium Term Budgetary Framework: Issues, Challenges and Prospects in Pakistan.”
Mr. Jahanzeb Waheed
Research Associate(Development Economics)
Mr. Waheed has worked as Research/Project/Data Analyst with various private and public sector organisations including, Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP), Asian Development Bank (ADB)/Department for International Development (DfID) and the Planning and Development Department, Punjab. At National Institute of Public Policy (NIPP), he has completed several research assignments including a research paper, entitled ‘Trade Liberalization Linkage to Economic Growth and Poverty: A Two Sector Approach’ and ‘Service Delivery Through ICT in Education: An Evaluation of Online College Admission System’. In addition, he has drafted research plan and agenda for NIPP, input and recommendations for National IT Policy for Ministry of Information Technology. He performed duties of drafting/verifying course content/assignment outcomes for National Management College (NMC) Courses. As a resource person, he has been part of independent monitoring/evaluation for ‘Prime Minister’s National Information and Communication Technology-Scholarship Award Test’ and ‘Move Forward to Regain the Prosperous Lives’. He also provided assistance in developing course contents of ‘Public Administration in Pakistan’ at the level of M.A/MS.c. degree programs. His areas of interest include policy processes, implementation and management issues. Mr. Waheed is currently working on studies, entitled,
‘Service Delivery through Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB): Management of Cause Analysis’
‘Crisis of Governance in Primary Education in Punjab: A Case Study’
Ms. Ayesha Akbar
Ms Akbar has been engaged in various research activities with international organizations. She has worked on an extensive study of World Health Organization (WHO) at King Edward Medical University, Lahore.The prime purpose of the study was to invoke service delivery orientation through involving integrated health care channels to strengthen the primary health care in Punjab.
She has been involved in statistical data analysis and report writing of survey for evaluating the “Professional Attitude and Perception” of Participants, enrolled in NMC. She has also been providing assistance in preparing reading material for the simulation exercises during the courses.In addition, she has attended various conferences on Public Policy and Civil Services.
Ayesha is currently working on analyzing public policy in the domain of governance and management. She has completed a policy paper on “Pakistan’s Migration Policy and Governance Challenges of Balancing Brain-Drain and Capital-Gain. She has also conducted a case study on “Failure of Service Delivery in Primary Health Care of Punjab”. Her previous paper was on “Culture and Cultural Policy of Pakistan”.
Miss Akbar has actively been involved in organizing workshops, seminars and conferences in the institute. She recently worked on a report “Change but No Change: A Public Sector Dilemma” an executive workshop, organized by the Executive Development Institute.
Now, she is working on a paper titled “Organizational Analysis of Successful Stories in Public Sector”