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Survey of Living Conditions

Survey of Living Conditions

This survey is a major component of the Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment which was launched on 18th April 2018. The Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment as the name suggests is a comprehensive assessment of Poverty in Grenada using both quantitative and qualitative means. This assessment focusses on the level of poverty, its causes, its effects and the impact of activities geared to towards poverty alleviation. It is referred to as enhanced mainly because of incorporation methodological improvements in the measurement of poverty since the last survey in 2007/2008.

Country Poverty Assessments (CPAs) in the Caribbean use the Survey of Living Conditions (SLC) as the main source of robust quantitative data to generate key quantitative poverty, indigence, inequality and vulnerability indicators and to evaluate living conditions at a point in time. Usually, in Country Poverty Assessments of the OECS, the Survey of Living Conditions is combined with a Household Budgetary Survey (HBS), which collects expenditure data in a much more detailed format than would typically be collected in the normal SLC. The more detailed expenditure survey is mainly for the update of our Consumer Price Index basket, which is used in the computation of Grenada's inflation rate.

This survey will be conducted over a period of a year from June 2018 to May 2019, with a proportion of the 1689 sampled household being interviewed on a monthly basis.

The success of this survey in accurately capturing persons’ poverty status depends on the full cooperation of the public. Persons are informed that the work of the Statistical department is conducted under the authority of the Statistics Act, No. 30 of 1960 and No. 21 of 1961. The public has therefore assured that information provided to the Central Statistical Office is strictly confidential and would only be disseminated at the aggregate level. The enumerators for the survey have all taken an Oath of Secrecy to guarantee all respondents that information given would not be divulged. Anyone violating this oath can be prosecuted.

The public is being advised that the information collected is essential to the Government’s efforts to eradicate poverty in Grenada. The availability of this information will put Grenada in a better position to source and access funding for projects related to poverty alleviation, social protection and sustainable development. The indicators which will be produced from the survey are critical in establishing a baseline for Grenada’s monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals which are aligned to Grenada’s National Sustainable Development Planning Framework. Without these, no meaningful assessment of development performance is complete.

The Central Statistical Office is soliciting the full support and cooperation from the general public, especially the households selected for interviewing. Your positive response to completing the questionnaire accurately and to the best of your knowledge is important to the overall success of the survey. The information provided can positively impact the development of our country. Help us as we seek to End Poverty Now in Grenada.