National survey on families [Archives:2005/830/Business & Economy]

April 4 2005

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
A 12-month survey is being carried out on around 14,400 families throughout the country to examine family budgets over the coming year.

The survey will examine family incomes, production, housing, health, education, and employment to help local councils to match programs and development plans to people's circumstances and to provide a basis for further research. It also aims to chart differences between urban and rural families.

Those conducting the survey have met difficulties in meeting women because of the gender-segregated nature of Yemeni society. The study will be negatively affected if more female researchers are not found throughout the country.

Sources in the Central Organization for Statistics (COS) stressed that they are trying to avoid the weaknesses of previous surveys by consulting with as wide a sample as possible.