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HEU, Centre for Health Economics Project on Poverty in T&T

Posted Thursday, September 07, 2017


The HEU, Centre for Health Economics presents their project titled The Definition and Meaning of Poverty in Trinidad and Tobago.

About The Definition and Meaning of Poverty in Trinidad and Tobago

The HEU, Centre for Health Economics (HEU-UWI) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS), has recently embarked upon a project geared towards a better understanding of multi-dimensional poverty across the different regions in Trinidad thereby informing the development of a National Poverty Reduction Strategy (NPRS) for Trinidad and Tobago.  In order to achieve these objectives, stakeholder engagements will be conducted in the 14 municipal regions of Trinidad to achieve the following outcomes:

a)      Development of a localized definition of poverty and child poverty in Trinidad in each of the 14 municipal regions;

b)      Agreement on a poverty measurement approach for Trinidad, which includes dimensions to generate a multi-dimensional poverty index; and

c)      Provision of inputs to inform the development of a National Poverty Reduction Strategy Trinidad highlighting strategic poverty reduction goals and objectives for communities, municipal regions and the nation.

The methodology for this study will utilize a mix of secondary and primary data.  The primary data will be derived from key informant interviews as well as, targeted regional consultations in the 14 municipalities of the country namely: Port of Spain (POS), San Fernando, Chaguanas, Arima (AR), Point Fortin, Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo (C/T/T), Diego Martin (DM), Penal/Debe (P/D), Princes Town (PT), Rio Claro/Mayaro (M/RC), San Juan/Laventille (SJ/L), Sangre Grande (SG), Siparia (SP), and Tunapuna/Piarco (T/P).  To ascertain a broad perspective and meet the project’s objectives, target groups for these consultations will be children (aged 10-17) and adults from various socio-economic backgrounds.  A sample of 40 adults and 20 children will be selected from each municipality, resulting in a total of 840 participants in the study.  The primary data collection exercise is expected to commence in September 2017.