Islahati Jaiza

Islahati Jaiza is the latest series from Tabadlab, focusing on past reforms from across Pakistan, in education, health, gender, social protection, and other key sectors.

Episode 1: Punjab Education Sector Reforms

The inaugural episode focuses on the past two decades of education policy in Punjab, since the introduction of a critical reform agenda in 2002. The panel – consisting of education expert Umbreen Arif, Malala Fund Programme Director Javed Ahmed Malik, and World Bank Senior Education Expert Izza Farrakh – attributes the momentum of education reform in Punjab to a timely alignment between bureaucrats, political leaders, and sources of bilateral and multilateral financing. 

What should be retained from past reform efforts, and what should policymakers prioritise now?  


Izza Farrakh is a Senior Education Specialist with the World Bank. She has over twenty years of experience working with consulting firms, I-NGOs and multilateral institutions on education reform. She has led several large education programs, including the FCDO-funded Punjab and Khyber Education Sector Programmes in Pakistan.

Javed Malik is Director of Malala Fund in Pakistan leading on STEAM Education Programme for Girls in Government’s 13000 high schools with an aim to help transform schools and make Pakistani society view our girls as leaders of tomorrow.

Umbreen Arif has more than 20 years of experience in the education sector, providing policy advice, technical and analytical support, program supervision and coordination with donor and government partners in Pakistan. She has led design and supervision of education reform programs, as well as multi-sector programs addressing education, health, nutrition, governance and disaster risk preparedness across Pakistan.

This episode of Islahati Jaiza is directed and produced by Kashif Nadeem, with research and coordination by Fatima Misbah. The policy brief is written by Oneir Raza with additional input from Fatima Misbah.

Episode 2: Sehat, Sahulat… Sustainability?

The second episode of Islahati Jaiza focuses on the Sehat Sahulat Program, a public health reform effort that began in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dr Razia Safdar, Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, and Dr Zafar Mirza unpack the successes and shortcomings of the policy as it has developed, and what it needs to attain longevity and sustainability.

The programme allows for data collection at a scale that could trasform future policy. But, while the SSP has proven its worth, our expert guests also dive into the ways in which it can be improved by answering some crucial questions. Is universalisation the right step for Pakistan right now, or should the focus be on protecting low-income households and vulnerable communities? What areas of healthcare does the programme overlook, and how can it best be expanded?

Dr Razia Safdar brings over 35 years of clinical and public health experience in both the government and non-government sectors for effective health programming. Dr Razia is currently a Senior Advisor for the Centre for Health Policy and Innovation at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

Dr Zulfiqar A Bhutta is a professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Global Health and
Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University. His research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. He has made invaluable contributions to integrated maternal and newborn outreach programs for marginalised populations all over the world.

Dr Zafar Mirza is a renowned public health practitioner and former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health. He currently serves as a Professor at the School of Universal Health Coverage, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University.

This episode of Islahati Jaiza is directed and produced by Kashif Nadeem & Tooba Masood, with research by Fatima Misbah and coordination by Mejzgaan Orakzai

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