Government launches social protection online survey in SVG – Searchlight

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THE GOVERNMENT of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), with funding from the World Bank, is implementing the Human Development Service Delivery Project. An important component of this project is the development of a comprehensive social protection policy and an accompanying five-year strategic plan.

There have been notable successes in the development of SVG, particularly over the past 15 years, but poverty and unemployment remain major development challenges that need to be addressed, according to a statement from the Ministry of National Mobilization.

The government has prioritized the development of the social protection policy and strategic plan as key strategies to reduce poverty and deprivation.

The overall objective of the policy and plan is to chart the way forward for the government to strengthen its response to the needs of the poor and vulnerable and to empower people to be healthy, educated and to train and to be able to look for opportunities to recover. and their families from poverty.

An online survey is also being used to further complement the findings of these consultation sessions and to obtain the perspectives on poverty and social protection from a wider sample of the Vincentian population to inform policy and plan. . The electronic survey is commissioned by the Ministry of National Mobilization with the approval of the Bureau of Statistics and designed for the specific purpose of capturing individual perceptions of poverty and social protection in SVG.

To this end, the knowledge levels and attitudes of Vincentians towards social care are assessed and the results used to complement and expand our understanding beyond that of the focus groups.

The e-Survey is a short self-administered questionnaire shared via web/SMS links to everyone living in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The short questionnaire is composed of three main sections: Social protection; Poverty; and Basic demographics of respondents; no personally identifying information is entered and only aggregated statistics will be shared in the generated analytics report.

Link to the social protection electronic survey: https://forms.gle/BPqmV3DYG4o6ntwZ7

Joel C. Hicks