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Mapping the Spatial Deprivation of Pakistan


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  • Haroon Jamal

    (Social Policy and Development Center (SPDC), Karachi.)

  • Amir Jahan Khan

    (Social Policy and Development Center (SPDC), Karachi.)

  • Imran Ashraf Toor

    (Social Policy and Development Center (SPDC), Karachi.)

  • Naveed Amir

    (Social Policy and Development Center (SPDC), Karachi.)


Geographical targeting may be a viable way to allocate resources for poverty alleviation in developing countries. Efficiency can be increased, and leakages to the nonpoor reduced substantially, by targeting needy areas. A national and regional database of substantial poverty maps or deprivation indices are not readily available in Pakistan. Further, existing activities of poverty alleviation are carried out on ad hoc basis in the absence of identified pockets of poverty. This paper presents indices of multiple deprivations based on the 1998 Population and Housing Census data. Possible applications of this exercise include identifying areas of need, making decisions on regional and sectoral priorities, facilitating targeted public interventions through special poverty alleviation programmes, understanding the relationship between poverty and its causes, and helping federal and provincial governments in determining financial awards.

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Article provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.

Volume (Year): 42 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 91-111

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Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:42:y:2003:i:2:p:91-111

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  1. Ishrat Husain, 2012. "Adapting Public Sector Services to Local Delivery," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 17(Special E), pages 359-385, September.
  2. Hasan, Lubna, 2007. "On Measuring the Complexity of Urban Living," MPRA Paper 7413, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Masood, Sarwar Awan & Muhammad, Waqas & Amir, Aslam, 2012. "Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Pakistan," MPRA Paper 41532, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Amjad, Rashid & Arif, G. M. & Mustafa, Usman, 2008. "Does the labor market structure explain differences in poverty in rural Punjab?," MPRA Paper 37977, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Rashida Haq, 2005. "An Analysis of Poverty at the Local Level," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 44(4), pages 1093-1109.
  6. Masood, Sarwar & Muhammad, Waqas & Amir, Aslam, 2012. "Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Pakistan: Provincial Analysis," MPRA Paper 42119, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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