Multi-Dimensional Approaches to Poverty Eradication in the Eastern Caribbean Project (MDAPP)

Introduction

This initiative comes out of the context of persistently high levels of poverty and vulnerability particularly among specific at-risk groups within the OECS sub-region.   This failure to address poverty and vulnerability in a sustainable manner may be directly related to the continued use of traditional, unidimensional approaches to defining, measuring and addressing poverty.  These approaches have primarily focused on income or consumption, while overlooking other critical dimensions of life which affect the ways in which poverty is experienced by vulnerable groups such as women, youth and persons with disabilities. 
 
The project offers a broader perspective to poverty measurement and eradication efforts by attempting to understand and address the complex nature of poverty and the dynamic ways in which it affects various groups.  In that sense it seeks to develop, test and disseminate a qualitative multi-dimensional poverty tool that includes in addition to income, dimensions such as education, health, and living standards.  This initiative serves to compliment UNDPs work on the quantitative measurement of poverty, that is, the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) developed in collaboration with the OECS Living Standards Measurement Committee (LSMC) and guided by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). 

The MDAPP also seeks to provide support to livelihoods enhancement through the provision of skills development, educational and vocations training designed to promote job creation and self-employment opportunities within communities.  Finally, the MDAPP involves advocacy efforts designed to promote and protect the rights of vulnerable groups.  This project is being implemented by the OECS Commission in collaboration with UNDP.

What are our goals?

1.    To promote community based capacity building to increase the economic participation of marginalised groups including women, youth and persons with disabilities
2.    To provide community based advocacy to promote inclusion of vulnerable groups in community, national and sub-regional decision making fora
3.    To support the development of relevant qualitative data collection tools which are fully compatible and/ or can inform sub-regional and country qualitative multidimensional poverty measures
4.    To undertake targeted, poverty focused qualitative research exercises at the community level which will serve as the evidence for national and Sub-regional poverty reduction programmes and initiatives 



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