Ehsaas survey of 34.41 million families concludes nationwide: Sania Nishtar

NationalEhsaas survey of 34.41 million families concludes nationwide: Sania Nishtar

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Ehsaas has successfully accomplished a Countrywide National Socio-economic Registry Survey which includes households’ information in terms of geographic data, demographics, socio-economic status, education, health, disability, employment, energy consumption, assets, communications, agri-landholdings, WASH, livestock etc.

To celebrate the achievement of this milestone, Ehsaas hosted a launch event in Islamabad.


The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the ceremony.

The Country Director of the World Bank Najy Benhassine, the Resident Coordinator of the UNRC Julien Harneis, the Secretary Ismat Tahira, and senior representatives of Government Departments, Asian Development Bank (ADB), development partners and media officials joined the event.

The Director General Naveed Akbar outlined the design, end-to-end digital methodology, approaches, and rigorous transparency measures embedded in the execution of survey.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Sania Nishtar said, “Part of Ehsaas strategy, we have just concluded a new National Socioeconomic Registry of 34.41 million households. We did various validations of the data to precisely identify the real poor. With the readiness of survey, we are now transiting from static to dynamic registry to make it more targeting efficient and to avoid possible inclusion and exclusion errors occurred due to continuous change in the socio-economic status of the households especially due to demographic change. Tehsil level Ehsaas Registration Desks have also been opened all over the country to keep the national socio-economic registry dynamic. Further, the registry will be regularly updated every four years.”

Sania Nishtar then added, “I congratulate Ehsaas team on successful completion of the survey. This is a great achievement as despite of COVID-19, this survey has been completed after a lag of ten years.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Country Director World Bank said, “I congratulate Government of Pakistan and Ehsaas on achieving this historical milestone. The World Bank feels proud to be the technical partner in this game-changer survey. This is not just Pakistan’s but also South Asia’s first digitally-enabled socio-economic census. It will be really transformative that the registry will now facilitate data sharing for social protection programs of the federal government, provinces, government departments, and development agencies.”

Ehsaas conducted a door-to-door computer-aided survey all across the Country to gather data about the socioeconomic status of households. With the conclusion, this will be the most reliable dataset for the use of public sector institutions, think tanks and development agencies for designing social protection and poverty alleviation programmes.

The data sharing will be steered through the Cognitive API Architecture approach.  There will be two-way data sharing; agencies with whom data will be shared will also be required to update the registry with their own information.

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