ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Data processing experts from the region are engaged in a training workshop from June 2 to 6 in Antigua and Barbuda. While the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission leads this intervention, valuable assistance is provided by the World Bank.
The objective is to help OECS member states become self-reliant, so that they acquire the expertise to process OECS labour force survey data.
The ultimate objectives are to increase the capacity of the OECS to undertake socio-economic diagnostic analysis to improve evidence-based decision making and to enhance the positive impacts that development policies and investments will have on poverty reduction.
The training will build on efforts to reactivate the OECS data processing group, which represents a south-south exchange experience facility that seeks to provide technical assistance to OECS central statistics offices on the subject of data processing for the OECS labour force survey.
Since mid-2011, the OECS Commission and OECS member states’ national statistical offices (NSOs) have been engaging the World Bank (WB) and regional development partners to develop a more country-owned and sustainable regional initiative to improve the availability of micro data in the region, in particular household, employment and labour data.
In addition to Saint Lucia, which conducts a quarterly labour force survey, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, as well as Dominica have implemented an annual OECS labour force survey and are currently in the data processing stage.
This training activity is part of the ongoing work of a multi-agency programme being coordinated by the OECS (Secretariat) Commission. This involves the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, the World Bank, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), UNWOMEN and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).
The initiative, dubbed the Sustainable Household Data Program (SDP) for the OECS, is a regional programme that proposes to rationalize and increase the frequency of household surveys by using a progressive modular approach. It involves augmenting the OECS labour force survey with multi-dimensional poverty indicators, under the guidance of the OECS living standards measurement committee (LSMC) which comprises heads of national statistics offices in the OECS.