One of the top universities in the world, Stanford of California, has published a paper about Ehsaas programme and how world should learn from Imran Khan’s concept of welfare state which is inspired by Ryasat e Medina.
Titled “Frameworks for a Developmental Welfare State: Lessons From Pakistan’s Ehsaas Programme” is written by Sir Michael Barber and Muqueet Shahzad.
The introduction to the paper says: “Pakistan’s Ehsaas Programme has set itself apart as a world-leading anti-poverty effort to uplift the country’s most vulnerable. This paper is a review of the Ehsaas Programme, implemented by the Government of Pakistan from 2018 onwards. Ehsaas, in its goal of becoming a holistic and integrated response to poverty, provides a diverse set of services for vulnerable Pakistanis, including unconditional cash transfers, targeted subsidies, and increased health and nutritional coverage. We study the various policy, programmatic, and implementation reforms undertaken during this period and explore the lessons these reforms offer for global policymakers. In particular, we point to the importance of good leadership, building strong institutions, effectively using data and technology, and of using an integrated, inclusive approach to anti-poverty. Our findings indicate that these reforms have enabled Ehsaas to successfully scale impact, increase transparency, and improve the efficiency of its interventions, whilst building trust amongst beneficiaries and programme administrators.”
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The government of Pakistan has been implementing the Ehsaas Programme – Imran Khan’s key initiative toward a welfare state – in order to improve the living conditions of the poorest and most vulnerable segment of the population.
The programme provides cash transfers to eligible households, as well as access to health, education, and livelihoods services. As of May 2020, over 4 million households had benefited from the programme.
It also includes the launching of a national social safety net portal and the introduction of a social security card.
The Ehsaas Programme provides a variety of services to vulnerable Pakistanis, including cash transfers, targeted subsidies, and increased health and nutritional coverage. The programme has been successful in assisting many of the most vulnerable people in Pakistan and is considered a world-leading anti-poverty effort.
This study explores various policy, programmatic, and implementation reforms undertaken during this period, with a focus on the lessons these reforms offer for global policymakers.