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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.)

Abstract

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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  • Haroon Jamal & Amir Jahan Khan & Imran Ashraf Toor & Naveed Amir, 2003. "Mapping the Spatial Deprivation of Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 42(2), pages 91-111.
  • 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. Rashid Amjad & G. M. Arif & Usman Mustafa, 2008. "Does the Labor Market Structure Explain Differences in Poverty in Rural Punjab?," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 13(Special E), pages 139-162, September.
    3. Masood, Sarwar Awan & Muhammad, Waqas & Amir, Aslam, 2012. "Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Pakistan," MPRA Paper 41532, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Hasan, Lubna, 2007. "On Measuring the Complexity of Urban Living," MPRA Paper 7413, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Masood, Sarwar & Muhammad, Waqas & Amir, Aslam, 2012. "Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Pakistan: Provincial Analysis," MPRA Paper 42119, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. 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.
    7. Muhammad Afzal & Shamim Rafique & Farhan Hameed, 2015. "Measurement of Living Standards Deprivation in Punjab Using AF Method Periodical Comparison Approach)," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 54(4), pages 739-763.

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