CDB and DSIF convenes a half-day media workshop on the 2009 Country Poverty Assessment
The government of Dominica recently received the 2008/2009 Country Poverty Assessment (CPA) draft report, which was conducted by a national assessment team and a team of consultants with financial support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Dominica Social Investment Fund (DSIF).
In this regard, a half-day workshop targeting all media houses in Dominica, was held at the Ministry of Finance conference room with the aim of discussing the findings of the report and the methodology used in the process.
Lead consultant of the team of consultants, Dr Ralph Henry said that the main objective of the CPA was to assess the current conditions affecting the welfare of people, identify policies and strategies, action programmes and projects to address the extent and severity of poverty in Dominica.
“The purpose of this meeting was to ensure that members of the media get an understanding of what poverty studies are all about. Poverty in itself, some say, lies in the eyes of the beholder. What this report attempts to do is to come to a more consistent approach examining poverty in dominica and identifying what is the reality of the situation in the country,” said Dr Henry.
The study was designed to determine poverty among men, women and children, the processes that generate and maintain conditions conducive to poverty, existing responses and available means of more effective poverty reduction interventions.
Dr Henry said that the CPA also included a baseline assessment of the current status in the attainment of the millennium development goals with respect to national and Caribbean specific targets.
“The data we collected refer to the period 2008/2009, it is not really a reflection of what exists right now in 2010 but it will create a better sense of where we’ve come from in documenting with hard evidence based on a survey of living conditions,” said Dr Henry.
During the survey, random persons were selected for interviews from all parishes in Dominica.