The Prime Minister of Pakistan unveiled the “Data4Pakistan” Ehsaas District Development Portal, which gives the general public free and easy access to spatially-interactive data including poverty estimates, maps, indices, and reports for each district in Pakistan as well as more than 120 development and policy indicators.

There are presently six waves of district poverty and development data available on the platform, spanning from 2004 to 2018.  At the event, the PM made the following statement: “A civilized society is known by the standard of living of its poor. Finding the places that require funding the most and gathering other crucial statistics regarding challenges faced by local people is the first step in finding the necessary means to combat poverty. The World Bank played a vital role in the creation of this portal.

Policymakers at the federal, provincial, and district levels will find this site to be an invaluable tool for making informed decisions. Earlier, Dr. Sania Nishtar, SAPM on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, demonstrated the features of this innovative Ehsaas initiative by saying, “Data4Pakistan is one of the 134 programs and policies under Ehsaas that is aimed to leverage data and technology to create solutions for welfare.

Ehsaas Data 4 Pakistan District Development Portal

Ehsaas Data 4 Pakistan District Development Portal

Data4Pakistan, the first portal of its sort, was just established by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan as part of his government’s flagship Ehsaas Programme. In order to help high-level policymakers pinpoint the areas most in need of financing, the publicly accessible and interactive Data4Pakistan portal provides a visual representation of the development gaps in various districts around the country. According to reports, this will make it possible for the development funding to be distributed fairly and openly.

About Data4Pakistan portal

Data4Pakistan is a public service that lets users compare the basic indicator and up to two extra indicators in various districts. To examine and compare data, pick entire provinces on the map or from the navigation panel drop-down list. The default applies nationwide. The interactive portal currently offers 120 development and policy indicators for most Pakistani districts. It also provides six rounds of data from 2004 to 2018, the last year with statistics.The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics’ Social and Living Standards Measurement Surveys (PSLM) and Multiple Indicators Cluster Surveys (MICS) provided the data for Data4Pakistan. The portal’s government website says the next update would include Sindh, Baluchistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan’s 2018-2020 MICS surveys.

The Data4Pakistan Portal’s Key Functions

  1. This webpage would provide needy Pakistanis with structural interactives for every district.
  2. The Ehsaas website of the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division will host the World Bank-developed portal.
  3. It will help federal, provincial, and district policymakers make decisions.
  4. Interactive maps show district poverty and two other factors. A basic drop-down list allows the user to focus on a subset of provinces or districts.
  5. The unique webpage uses data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics’ social and living standards measurement Surveys and provincial bureaus’ various indicators Custer Surveys.
  6. The portal provides demographic, health, education, employment, and access to water, sanitation, power, and gas indicators. It offers district-level gender parity indices. A glossary defines all variables.
  7. The prime minister inaugurated Ehsas Kafalat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa earlier. KP’s four districts—Lakki Marwat, Mohmand Agency, Haripur, and Charsadda—have started the initiative.

Data4Pakistan’s Most Important Measures

To help reduce poverty in Pakistan, the Ehsaas District Development Portal provides the following essential poverty and development metrics.

  • Rate of poverty
  • Factors such as the dependency ratio of children and the average size of households are examples of demographics.
  • Housing
  • Availability of potable water
  • Facilities for proper waste management
  • Access to gas, electricity, and other essential services
  • Male and female participation in the labor force in the industrial, agricultural, and other fields
  • Rate of children working
  • The percentage of children enrolled in school and the percentage of adults who can read and write
  • Gender parity, female autonomy, and equal access to the legal system
  • Pregnancy and infant care
  • Vaccination Statistics
  • Proper personal hygiene

It’s important to keep in mind that these major indications are broken down into subcategories.

Instructions for Using the Data4Pakistan Portal

  1. Select ‘Compare 2’ or ‘Compare 3’ from the menu bar on the left.
  2. To begin, open the drop-down box next to the ‘Base Layer Indicator’ area and choose the sort of comparison you wish to do. The Poverty Rate is pre-selected as the portal’s default base layer indicator, saving users time.
  3. repeat Step 2 with the second (and third, if present) indicator from the drop-down menu.
  4.  decide on color schemes
  5. Optional Pick a State or Province
  6. Pick your school(s) (if you want to).
  7. Pick an opacity level. One hundred percent is the default.
  8. choose a time period for both maps.

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To promote peace, tolerance, democracy, and justice, and to protect diversity, the Pakistan Coalition for Education strives to provide free, high-quality education to all citizens of Pakistan, regardless of their gender, religion, or socioeconomic status. SAQE’s Pakistan Coalition for Education is an organization-wide effort. They have successfully organized public demonstrations in 20 different districts, bringing together 3000+ community members at the UC and district levels to push for the implementation of RTE. The Education Sector Plan Action Group (ESPAG) was established through provincial consultation. Pre-sessions for UPR have also included national and international policy talks and the creation of policy briefs.

Government Programs Like Ehsaas and Others

Ehsaas, a popular program, uses cutting-edge technology to create data-driven solutions for Pakistan’s impoverished and needy. The government Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division manages Ehsaas Amdan, Kafalat, Scholarship, and Langar programs. The Pakistani government’s Kamyab Jawan Program, which teaches practical skills and creates jobs for youth, has also been lauded. The Pakistan Citizen Portal, Device Verification System (DVS), and Report Corruption mobile apps were launched by the government in recent years to help citizens. Top government apps are included in our comprehensive list.

District Poverty and Development Data4Pakistan” Portal

Over 120 development and policy indicators will be made available to the public through Data4Pakistan, the first project of its type in the country. There are now six waves of district poverty and development data available on the platform, spanning the years 2004 to 2018. Together with the World Bank, we’ve created the “Data4Pakistan” Portal as part of the Ehsaas strategy, and it will live on the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division’s Ehsaas website.


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