BVI launches Country Assessment of Living Conditions

BVI launches Country Assessment of Living Conditions

The British Virgin Islands has launched the Country Assessment of Living Conditions (CALC) for the islands, as the region continues to advance the efficient collection and use of statistical country data.

Minister of Health and Social Development, the Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton, delivered an address to the people of the British Virgin Islands to launch the CALC and emphasised that the availability of data is critical for decision-making as the country recovers from the natural disasters of 2017.

“The highest responsibility of any government is to ensure the safety and well-being of the people,”  Minister Skelton said.

The CALC will utilise the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)’s Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment methodology that goes beyond traditional income-based poverty measures to an approach that measures multidimensions of poverty and human development. These dimensions include education, health, living standards and employment.

The comprehensive CALC will be undertaken with four activities:

  1. the Survey of Living Conditions and Household Budget Survey which will be conducted by the Central Statistics Office and will cover 1000 randomly selected households;
  2. Participatory Poverty Assessment which will be conducted in four communities and will be coordinated by the Social Development Department;
  3. Macro Social and Economic Assessment led by the Ministry of Finance, which involves the collection and analysis of secondary data in order to examine key political, economic and social trends; and
  4. an Institutional Assessment covering a range of government institutions and civil society organisations that provide services which are designed to improve living conditions.

Data collection for the Survey of Living Conditions and Household Budget Survey is expected to commence in November 2018.

The Minister expressed sincere thanks to the CDB and the OECS Commission for their financial support and technical expertise.

The Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment Project is being implemented in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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