Issue Brief on “Poverty Alleviation in Pakistan: A Review of “Ehsaas” Program”


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government in its election manifesto and 100 Days Agenda envisioned formation of a welfare state. Following up on the agenda, Prime Minister Imran Khan, on March 27, 2019 announced his vision for development and poverty alleviation under a program called “Ehsaas” (percipience or consciousness).

Prime Minister Imran Khan in the launching ceremony of “Ehsaas” said that it was one of the first and boldest poverty alleviation programs in the history of Pakistan. According to United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Pakistan’s Human Development Index (HDI) has remained dormant at low levels, ranking 150 out of 189 countries.[1] This positions the country in the medium human development category. According to the World Bank, the country’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is 0.228 with 80 per cent of Pakistan’s poor continuing to live in rural areas.[2]

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