Rose Marie Harris
Thursday, June 1, 2006 - The Ministry of Social Transformation, Culture &
Local Government will next week host two important workshops as part of the
training component of the 2005/2006 Poverty Assessment (CPA) exercise which is
currently nearing completion. The first Country Poverty Assessment for Saint
Lucia was conducted in 1995.
The workshops will review two of the major components of the current Country
Poverty Assessment exercise; the Participatory Poverty Assessment and the
Survey of Living Conditions.
The Participatory Poverty Assessment is an exercise which targets
deprived communities to collect specific information about how community members
perceive, define and experience economic and social deprivation and how they
cope and sustain their livelihoods. It also seeks to obtain their views and
suggestions about intervention strategies to improve their living conditions.
The Survey of Living Conditions is an instrument used to collect specific
information from a sample of households so as to obtain a picture of living
conditions in the country. The survey focused on the household which is the
critical unit of analysis in poverty assessment. This household survey entailed
in-depth interviews of representatives of households on demographic and other
information, as well as income and expenditure of the household.
The workshop will provide opportunities for research facilitators to share and
reflect on their experiences in the field and to identify lessons learnt during
the research process. In addition, members of the National Assessment Team will
review and analyze the key findings of the Assessment in preparation for
production of the final report.
The 2005 Country Poverty Assessment was conducted over a nine month period with
support from the Caribbean Development Bank. The overall objective of the
Country Poverty Assessment is to assess the current conditions affecting the
welfare of people and to identify policies, strategies and action programmes
that would reduce the extent and severity of poverty within the country.