July 27, 2020 – Islamabad: Connecting with wide-ranging stakeholders, Ehsaas has released the second volume of the newsletter. This electronic newsletter looks back at the Ehsaas’ progress from Jan 01, 2020 to Jun 30, 2020. It marks the launch of a number of new social protection and poverty alleviation initiatives under the overarching Ehsaas framework. The newsletter innovatively outlines the response of the government during the period to address COVID-19 challenges in the country. Early in the year 2020, Pakistan administered nationwide COVID-19 emergency measures which adversely impacted livelihoods of labour class. To mitigate the economic hardships being experienced by many workers, the government introduced the Ehsaas Emergency Cash program within ten days of the lockdown to extend cash handouts of Rs. 12,000 to 16.9 million families in need. The newsletter provides a link to the recently launched report on Ehsaas Emergency Cash. Noting the release of the newsletter, SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar commented, “The primary purpose behind the release of this newsletter is to foster transparency and share knowledge with all stakeholders and partners about major developments related to Ehsaas initiatives and programs.” The newly released issue of Ehsaas newsletter can be read here.