Syed Imran Sardar

Syed Imran Sardar is Research Analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies.

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Keywords: Poverty, 2030, Millennium Development Goal, lack of will, vulnerability, India, Pakistan, inter and intra-state conflicts, Sustainable Development Goals, non-traditional issues, poverty free world


Ending poverty by 2030 in all its dimensions is indeed challenging. It is even more challenging for countries that remained off-the-track in the previous Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. The reason behind it was twofold: lack of will and the states’ vulnerability to inter and intrastate conflicts. Both apply to India and Pakistan, the two largest and the most populous states in South Asia. Since their inception, the relationship between both states has never been smooth, resultantly, human security was compromised. In line with this thinking, this paper purposely takes India and Pakistan as a case study to highlight the state of poverty by monitoring progress made in the Millennium well as the Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating poverty so far. While examining, the paper argues that ending poverty by 2030 would remain a pipedream, unless both India and Pakistan prioritise non-traditional issues and put serious efforts into the global mission of poverty-free world.

First Published

June 25, 2017

How to Cite

Syed Imran Sardar, “Towards Achieving the SDG of Ending Poverty in South Asia: A Case Study of India and Pakistan,” Regional Studies 35, no.3 (Summer 2017): 3-24,


Volume 35, Issue 3