Najam in Express Tribune on Youth Empowerment in Pakistan


Dean Adil Najam of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston Univeristy, was recently interviewed on the upcoming Pakistan National Human Development Report (NHDR) as well as improving both the quality and quantity of education in Pakistan.

Najam, co-author of the report with Faisal Bari, was interviewed for an August 13, 2016 article in The Express Tribune entitled Youth Empowerment: Investment in Youth Essential to Reap Benefits.

From the text of the article:

The report also notes that although quantity is critical; it is equally crucial to improve the quality of education in schools which will not only improve returns on education but will also drive quantity.

“Improving quality is a major challenge because it takes time to improve the curriculum of a school and that it is not just about filling spots or distributing money but a sustained effort and the role of politicians as opposed to the distribution of money,” said Najam.

You can read the entire article here.

Adil Najam is the inaugural Dean of the Pardee School of Global Affairs at Boston University, where he also serves as a Professor of International Development and of Earth and Environment. He is the former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan). Dr. Najam was a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2008 he was invited by the UN Secretary-General to serve on the UN Committee on Development (CDP). He is the author of over 100 schoalrly papers and over a dozen books, including Global Environmental Governance: A Reform Agenda (2006). A past winner of MIT’s Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching and the Flecther School Paddock Teaching Award, Dr. Najam serves on the International Board of WWF and is the Board Chair of the South Asia Network of Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE).