BISP enrolls 1.7 million children into primary schools

ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) achieved target of enrolling 1.7 million children of its beneficiaries families into school under Waseela-e-Taleem (WET) programe.

BISP over achieved the targets of key indicator on introduction of co-responsibilities for families with primary aged children benefiting from Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) to promote primary education.

BISP the premier social safety net is not only catering to the wellbeing of the 5.4 million vulnerable women across Pakistan but has also earned $794 million foreign exchange for Pakistan through its performance, an official of BISP told reporter.

This foreign exchange came from the development partners World Bank, DFID and Asian Development Bank (ADB) from

2013-2017 after BISP met all the Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) related to enhanced coverage of Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), targeting communication, outreach, governance and management.

BISP has shown an exceptional performance and over achieved all the DLIs upon which rating of BISP by World Bank and DFID have significantly improved. DFID has rated BISP as A and World Bank (WB) upgraded its ranking from satisfactory to highly satisfactory due to effective service delivery and transparency.

The first DLI was related to the enhanced coverage of BISP in order to ensure universal coverage of basic cash transfer for all eligible beneficiaries. Under this BISP met all the DLIs by increasing the number of beneficiaries from 3.5 million in FY 2011/12 to 5.4 million in FY 2015/16.

The development partners have shown high satisfaction on enhanced governance and management systems to strengthen transparency and accountability by BISP.

To ensure transparency, BISP publicized the Poverty Score Card data and shared data sharing protocols for public and private entities on its website. It converted more than 90% payments to its beneficiaries through technology based mechanism like smart card, debit card and phone based payments.