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There has been extensive research on deprivation poverty using the consensual approach in this region with a number of national surveys in Australia, New Zealand and various Pacific Island Countries and Territories. In particular, the Kingdom of Tonga has pioneered surveys using the consensual approach to measure progress towards meeting UN SDG poverty targets and to improve policy interventions. Details of research in Vanuatu will be added shortly.
The Pacific Islands adopt the consensual method of measuring poverty
On 27 October, 2019, the Pacific Statistics Method Board approved in principle yesterday to use the Consensual Approach as their recommended method for SDG 1.2.2 for all the countries of the Pacific Islands. This approval was based on a long series of work in the region and will result in the measurement of deprivaiton indicators applicable to each country being incorporated into each country's national household survey. More details will be posted shortly.
'The Advantages of the Consensual Approach to poverty measurement' (pdf) briefing by Viliami Fifita, Shailen Nandy and Dave Gordon, presented to the Pacific Statistical Steering group in November 2015.
'Improving the Measurement of Poverty in the Pacific: The Case for a HIES Poverty Module' (pdf), presentation by Viliami Fifita to SPC, Noumea, New Caledonia, November 2014.