The Ministry of National Mobilisation has launched the Participatory Poverty Assessment (PPA) component of the Country Poverty Assessment (CPA).

The enhanced Country Poverty Assessment is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and is being implemented through the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission.

Addressing the launching ceremony held this morning at Frenches House in Kingstown, Mrs. Amonia Paul-Rolle, Social and Gender Analysis of the Country Poverty Assessment at the OECS Commission noted that given the last CPA in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was conducted in 2007, there is need for the data to be updated.

She said the Participatory Poverty Assessment aims to increase the participation of poor people in the process of formulating and implementing policy for poverty alleviation.

Director of Social Development Ms. Marissa Burke said a 1 week training is being conducted this week for staff members who would be involved in the process of data collection for the PPA within the various communities.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Mobilization, Fredrick Stephenson is encouraging persons in the selected communities to participate in the survey that will take place from October 1 to November 30, 2018.

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