Fareeha Adil

Research Fellow & Head of Center of Evidence Action Research, Sustainable Development Policy Institute

Fareeha Armughan (PhD)– Research Fellow &
Head-Center of Evidence Action Research (CEAR)
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Pakistan
Sr. Consultant, Social Protection, World Bank, DC (CRISP Program for Pak)
Sr. Consultant, Financial Inclusion, REALISE Program, Liberia, World Bank
Consultant, Social Protection, Oxford Policy Management (OPM)-UK
BCURE Trainer (Building Capacity Using Research Evidence)
Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), J.F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, Harvard University, US
Faculty, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) for ‘Evidence Based Program Design’

Dr. Fareeha Armughan is a PhD Economics, specializing in Financial Inclusion and Governance. Her PhD thesis is on Financial Inclusion process in Pakistan under Supervisors from State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). Her core areas of research are Financial Inclusion, Evidence-use in Policy, Social Protection, Education, Gender, SMEs, SDGs and Fiscal Policy.
Professionally she has 14 years of work experience, where for 7 years she worked in the Financial sector of Pakistan. She also worked in Government sector, headed a Public Sector Development Project, PSDP (Capital Cost $154 Mill/PKR 26.8 Bill) by Planning Commission of Pakistan where she gained exposure to policy making.

Dr. Fareeha is a trainer of BCURE (Building Capacity Using Research Evidence), a flagship program of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) Unit, J.F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, Harvard University. She received Training of the Trainers (ToT) by faculty of Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy and delivers multiple modules of Evidence based policy to all tiers of Civil Services of Pakistan (Commons Training Program (CTP) at Walton Academy, Lahore; Senior Management Course (SMC) and Mid-Career Management Course (MCMC) at National Institute(s) of Management (NIM, Karachi, Peshawar & Quetta & NSPP, Lahore ). She also attended J.F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, Harvard University, in 2018 for the high-powered program of Rethinking Financial Inclusion. She recently completed The Public Policy & Leadership Credential (PLC), a year long, Public-Policy & Evidence program, conducted by Faculty of Harvard – Kennedy School of Government. She is also the faculty member for the 5 day ‘Evidence Based Program Design Workshop’ by Harvard Kennedy School, Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), MIT, CLEAR, LUMS and CERP that takes place annually at LUMS & CERP, Lahore in December.

Dr. Armughan is currently a senior researcher working in the capacity of Sr. Research Fellow, Economic Cluster at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), a leading policy research institute and think tank of Pakistan with activities across Central and South Asia. She has established and is heading the Center of Evidence Action Research at SDPI. Dr. Armughan has worked/working extensively with international development actors such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ODI-UK, OPM, GIZ, FCDO-UK, US Dept. of State, GAF-Germany, EdTech Hub Consortium, Southern Voice Global, CAREC Institute-China, Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, SAARC and World Bank Group (Washington DC) & World Bank (Africa Region), Karandaaz-Pakistan & PIDE. She is also Visiting Faculty of Economics & Finance at number of Universities in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Social Media handles: @SDPIPakistan

Email: fareehaarmughan@sdpi.org





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