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Website National Portal
Region Asia
Sub-Region Southern Asia
Income * Lower middle income
Income Value 1,260
USD, GNI per capita
Population 173,149,306
E-Government Development Index 0.2583
Rank 159 of 193
E-Participation Index 0.3729
Rank 114 of 193
* Income data refer to World Bank classification

The SMS -based literacy programme for women in Pakistan

This programme (launched in 2007), which is entering a fourth phase in 2013, aims to educate 1,500 illiterate women in Punjab and Sindh using tutorials sent via text messages in Urdu. SMS message here is “tutor, textbook and school all rolled into one”.

At least 4,000 women have previously benefited from the same programme.

In the latest phase, UNESCO has collaborated with government education departments and agencies to increase the project’s outreach, leading to more students’ participation in the programme. With a view to increasing the programme usage, the phase also includes capacity building of rural female teachers as well as user incentives such as permanent ownership of the phone sets and free SMS from Mobilink for a fixed duration.


E-Government (2016 EGDI: 0.2583)
2016 Rank 159
2014 Rank 158
Change +1
E-Participation (2016 EPART: 0.3729)
2016 Rank 114
2014 Rank 97
Change +17

E-Government Development Index

EGDI Rank 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2005
Pakistan 159 158 156 146 131 136

E-Participation Index

EPART Rank 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2005
Pakistan 114 97 89 68 98 63

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