A poverty assessment is being conducted on residents across four communities in the British Virgin Islands.
The Social Development Department is coordinating the assessment, which will include in-depth interviews, case studies, and community workshops.
The department did not specify which four BVI communities will be examined but said the assessment is part of a larger study called Country Assessment of Living Conditions.
Social Development Minister Ronnie Skelton announced the commencement of that study this week.
The Country Assessment of Living Conditions will comprise a handful other sub-studies besides the aforementioned poverty assessment.
1,000 households to be examined
Those other sub-studies will include a ‘Survey of Living Conditions’ and ‘Household Budget Survey’ which will cover 1,000 randomly-selected households. The Central Statistics Office will be in conduct of those surveys.
The Ministry of Finance will also act as a coordinator for another of the sub-studies – the ‘Macro Social and Economic Assessment’. This assessment will involve the collection and analysis of secondary data in order to examine key political, economic, and social trends.
The final sub-study under the Country Assessment of Living Conditions is the ‘Institutional Assessment’.
This institutional assessment will cover a range of government institutions and civil society organisations that provide services which are designed to improve living conditions.
“More information on each of these activities, and how you can become involved, will be communicated by the members of the National Assessment Team over the coming weeks and months. I encourage everyone to share your input whenever the opportunity is presented, in order for a broad range of voices and perspectives to be heard. The success of this important process depends on your active involvement,” Skelton said.
And while explaining the significance of the country assessment, the minister noted: “To make certain that the territory’s economic recovery and development does not leave socially disadvantaged groups, families, and communities behind, it is important to understand the day-to-day living condition of all segments of society, and to hear directly from the persons most affected.”
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