Data4Pakistan, the first initiative of its kind in the country, provides open and public access to a spatial interactive portal that has poverty estimates for every district in Pakistan, along with over 120 development and policy indicators. The portal currently has six rounds of district poverty and development data, covering the period 2004-2018
Interactive maps allow the user to visualize and compare districts on poverty and two additional development indicators simultaneously using side by side maps. Mousing over a district provides information on the selected indicators as a popup message. The user can also select a subset of provinces or a subset of districts to focus on, using a simple drop down list. By selecting different base maps and level of map opacity, the user can also view specific districts in detail, including neighborhoods and street views. Custom maps built by the user can be downloaded and printed. The underlying data and GIS shapefiles are also downloadable.
The portal uses data produced by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, as part of its Social and Living Standards Measurement Surveys as well as the Multiple indicators Custer Surveys (MICS) produced by the provincial Bureaus of Statistics. The indicators currently available in the portal, include a range of demographic, health, education and employment statistics as well as access to key services like water, sanitation, electricity and gas. It also provides a number of gender parity indices at the district level. A glossary of variables provides the definition of all indicators used.
A seventh round of district poverty estimates for the year 2019-20 will be added this calendar year. The next update will also include the Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan MICS surveys completed between 2018 and 2020.