Last updated: 20/3/2024

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The Ehsaas Amdan programme is one of several programmes under the Ehsaas framework that is principally aligned with the Ehsaas objective on creating livelihoods and jobs. The Ehsaas Amdan programme is a programme through which assets are given to the deserving to enable them to graduate out of poverty. For the purpose of this programme, assets include livestock (goats, cows, buffaloes and poultry), agricultural inputs, body of Chingchi rickshaws, and inputs for small retail outlets and small enterprises

  From the inception of the programme in July 2019 till December 2021, over 76,000 livelihood assets were transferred and over 1,200 skills trainings for livelihoods were provided to improve the lives of the ultra-poor families in 23 districts across Pakistan.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Proxy Means Test
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
 (i)Punjab DG Khan, Jhang, Layyah (ii)Sindh Badin, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Thatta, Sujawal, Tharparkar, Umerkot (iii)Balochistan Zhob, Gwadar, Lasbela (iv)Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Kohistan Upper, Kohistan Lower, Palas Kolai, Torghar, Battagram, Shangla, D.I. Khan, Tank
Eligibility criteria
Those poor people whose dynamic survey/ NSER survey is complete and whose poverty score is according to PPAF criteria or eligible

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
  This plan involves cash transfers, income support, and small loans to achieve sustainable development goals.
Amount of benefits
  Under the [Ehsaas Amdan] Programme, each woman will be given one cow, one buffalo and three goats so she can run her own home. Every month 80,000 people will be given loans and 50,000 students from the downtrodden section of society will be awarded scholarships every year
Payment/delivery frequency
 Monthly loans and yearly scholarships.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is the lead implementing agency for the Amdan programme and is working through implementing partner organizations (POs) that have a strong presence in the selected districts. There is pre-established presence of community institutions at hamlet and village levels and previous experience of implementing similar programmes.Those beneficiaries that require vocational training are supported to attend courses offered by certified technical training institutes. Trainings on asset utilization and business planning are also provided to eligible household members to help them turn the asset into an economically productive enterprise Asset recipient households are also supported to access the Ehsaas interest-free loan window if it is available in their area, and if they believe they require additional financing for business enhancement
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
  After PPAF successfully established this project on ground with robust outreach, monitoring and accountability systems and building local partner organisations’ capacities, the programme has been fully adopted by the PASS Ministry since March 2022 for onward management. There is limited coverage of this programme from 2022 onwards.
Legal Framework
 Extension of the existing Ehsaas Langar Policy under the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety.