Stanford or not Stanford facts need to be conveyed 

Stanford or not Stanford facts need to be conveyed 

June 22, 2022 0

What happened: Delivery Associates published a paper highlighting what the world can learn from Imran Khan’s Poverty Alleviation Ehsaas Program, it was not about Khan or his party.  The article by Stanford University was titled, “Frameworks for a Developmental Welfare State: Lessons From Pakistan’s Ehsaas Program.” 

Details: It is pertinent to mention that the Ehsaas Program was initiated in Pakistan to alleviate the living conditions of the Pakistanis, “of the poorest and most vulnerable segment of the population.” The Ehsaas Program was part of the government’s larger poverty alleviation effort, including launching a national social safety net portal and introducing a social security card. 

More: On the other hand, the Stanford University article highlighted the policies of the Ehsaas Program that benefitted the citizens at large. As a publication quoted, “the study highlights the importance of good leadership, building strong institutions, effectively using data and technology, and of using an integrated, inclusive approach to anti-poverty.” 

What you need to know: Namely, pages that are reported to be pro-Imran Khan and pro-PTI claimed that an article by the researchers of Stanford University posted a paper in favor of Khan and lauded Khan’s effort for poverty alleviation in the country. However, this had no significance to it, as the paper was not even by Stanford and reportedly was not even peer-reviewed.

Importantly: The content of different publications claiming to be in awe of Khan was factually incorrect and, despite the dilemma that Khan initiated Ehsaas Program, helped alleviate poverty. 

The idea of Ehsaas program by PPP, not by Khan! It is pertinent to mention that the so-called Ehsaas Program that Khan claimed to have initiated was the idea of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, with BISP, but the ‘social media’ ‘former prime minister’ got his keyboard warriors to work and a trend on social media was seen lauding that a “Stanford study stated Khan’s policies alleviated poverty level in Pakistan.” However, Bilal Lakhani from Tribune had previously noted, “let’s kill the elephant in the room that Ehsaas is simply a re-branding of BISP.” Though it has, its differences from Ehsaas but the main idea of lending money to the ‘poor’ segment of Pakistani society is the same.

However, Bilal Lakhani from Tribune had previously noted, “let’s kill the elephant in the room that Ehsaas is simply a re-branding of BISP.” Though it has differences from Ehsaas, the main idea of lending money to the ‘poor’ segment of Pakistani society is the same

Rana Abdullah Hammad
Rana Abdullah Hammad
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