First Look: Poverty Tools Practicality
This note from Senegal discusses the challenges and lessons that Enterprise Works/Vita (EWV) learned in testing the practicality of USAID poverty tools.
The note presents information about:
- EWV's work in Senegal:
- Assisting micro, small and medium enterprises to help them generate income and employment;
- Assist in the stabilization of the region and its economy.
- EWV's eagerness to test the USAID poverty assessment tools.
The note lists the following challenges that EWV surveyors faced in assessing the tools in Senegal:
- The decision to best achieve a representative sample of clients;
- The complexity of the testing goals of the poverty assessment tool survey;
- The need to translate the English questionnaire into French and then into three local languages;
- The flexibility of the notion of household and family in Africa, which made it difficult to answer the question of how many people were there in a household;
- Inflated answers to the question, "how much does the household need per month to live?"
- Respondents' expectations that the survey team would offer them financial help;
- Obtaining answers to questions that were just not applicable to the local context.
The note concludes that in the process of practicality testing:
- EWV gained practical insight from its clients;
- Surveyors were very satisfied with the assessment framework.