UK & UNDP co-fund Yemen’s 2nd household budget survey [Archives:2004/751/Local News]

July 1 2004

An agreement was signed on 28 June 2004 between Yemen, the United Kingdom and the UNDP to open a programme to support the Central Statistical Organization to conduct the second Household Budget Survey. The survey is scheduled to start in January 2003 and will be funded by a US $ 1.1 million contribution from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom and a US $ 350,000 contribution from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Household Budget Survey is the second component of the UNDP – funded programme to support the Government of Yemen in its efforts to monitor and follow-up on the Poverty Reduction Strategy initiatives.
“The survey will provide vital assistance to the government's efforts to develop an effective system to monitor the impact of the Millennium Development Goals-based Poverty Reduction Strategy and to further improve the capacity of existing structures and mechanisms to achieve a more relevant project”, said H.E. Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Sofan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC) at the signing ceremony.
The Household Budget Survey will provide economic, social and demographic data to meet users' needs and assist in policy formulation, follow-up and evaluation. The objectives of the survey, inter alia, include: providing up-to-date information on family income and expenditure, analyzing any existing discrepancies, assessing poverty trends at the governorate level, and presenting demographic information related to the educational, social and environmental status of the population to enhance understanding of their living conditions. Other objectives include gathering information on services available to local communities, and providing a digital picture of family consumption patterns and discrepancies therein.
Moreover, the survey is meant to update necessary databases related to the prices of basic consumption items, the labor force and child labor trends, as well as the family food basket, all of which will strengthen the poverty information system and its contribution to sound and accurate national statistical projections and assessments.
The total estimated cost for the Household Budget Survey is US $ 2.4 million, of which Britain will contribute US $ 1.1 million and UNDP US $ 350,000. The World Bank has also committed US $ 281,000 and the remaining amount of US $ 669,000 represents a Government of Yemen contribution. The agreement was signed by H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Sofan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Ms. Frances Guy, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Yemen, and Mr. James W. Rawley, UNDP Resident Representative in Yemen. The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Dominic O'Neill, DFID Country Representative, as well as a group of senior government and UNDP officials.