The Ehsaas Program has been cited as the gold standard globally for the establishment of a progressive welfare state by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSIIS) at Stanford University.
A working paper titled “Frameworks for a Developmental Welfare State: Lessons From Pakistan’s Ehsaas Program” claims that the Ehsaas Program is one of the most effective anti-poverty initiatives in the world in assisting the most vulnerable populations.
In 2018, the Pakistani government, which is headed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), introduced the Ehsaas Program. The initiative promises a comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing the nation’s poverty.
The Ehsaas Program offers a range of services. Unconditional cash transfers, specialised subsidies, and expanded health and nutritional coverage are a few of these programmes.
Policymakers from all across the globe may benefit from the Ehsaas Program’s lessons on policy, programmatic, and reform implementation, including the value of strong institutions, effective data and technology use, and adopting an integrated and inclusive strategy to combat poverty.
The working paper stated that although the Ehsaas Program’s services are effective, open, and efficient, they also aid in closing the gap between the government and its population.