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CARIBBEAN | OECS conducting poverty research training in sub-region

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 15, CMC – The St. Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) says it is conducting training seminars that build the capacity of public servants, and community representatives, in data collection on multi-dimensional poverty in select OECS member states.

The OECS Commission, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for the OECS and Barbados, is conducting the “Training of Trainer Workshops” in Participatory Action Research on multi-dimensional poverty.

povertysThe initiative, which forms part of the Multi-dimensional Approaches to Poverty Eradication Project (MDAPP), has so far being held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda. Additional training sessions are scheduled to continue in Dominica and St. Lucia in the coming weeks.

UNDP Project Coordinator at the OECS Commission, Dr. Julie Xavier, said the MDAPP intends to leave each project country with trainers who will be equipped with the skills to train others in the implementation of this research methodology. Participants were targeted from various social service ministries, as well as Departments of Statistics.

Project Coordinator at Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW) Jacqueline Pascal said that, despite her years of experience in the field as a researcher, the training highlighted areas for development.

“I have experience in doing research, both qualitative and quantitative, as well as interviewing techniques at the highest level. This gives a person a bit of complacency [with regards to] their knowledge base but, coming here, I have realised that I was on a learning curve as far as research is concerned,” Pascal said.

The OECS said that overall, the project is aimed at promoting greater awareness of the multi-dimensional nature of poverty through the development of policies and programmes that move away from the traditional focus income or employment, and underscore the importance of other dimensions of holistic human development such as experiences in health, housing, education, and feelings of safety and security.

The MDAP project is sponsored by the Government of Chile through the Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AGCID).

  • Countries: Caribbean