Caucasian Regional Studies
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Caucasian Regional Studies, Vol. 3,
Issue 1, 1998
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
On November 13-14, the UNDP, in cooperation with the
World Bank and the Armenian Government organized and sponsored a Workshop on Social
Indicators in Yerevan, Armenia.
WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL INDICATORS
Representatives of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean, World Bank experts on social issues, officials from the Armenian government,
chairpersons of standing commissions of the Armenian National Assembly, specialists,
scientists and representatives of the international and local NGO community were among the
invited guests and participants.
To achieve its objective - elaboration of poverty strategies, the
Workshop fulfilled the following concrete goals; i) presented the results of surveys
conducted by the Department of Statistics, including the World Bank-sponsored 5000
Households Living Standard Survey; ii) introduced the improvements in the family
vulnerability system PAROS for the distribution of family allowances, iii) familiarized
the audience with international experience; iv) generated discussions to analyze and
select the main social indicators for the design of social policies.
Findings and recommendations, generated during working group discussions
that followed presentations and reports emphasized the importance of conducting a census,
enhancing inter-department cooperation, the urgency for specific studies, and in-depth
customized, on-demand surveys, determining the poverty threshold, considering indicators
that characterize the psychological dimensions of our life and tackling the increasing
polarization of the society. Economic growth along with employment creation was stated as
pivotal for poverty reduction.
It was suggested that new tactics and strategies be developed for next
surveys, expedite the adoption of the official poverty line, consumption and food baskets,
create independent expert teams to work on regular basis, improve statistics and
disseminate the results of surveys, provided their high quality and reliability.
The participants highlighted the necessity for creating a Databank under
the UNDP auspices to incorporate the description and results of all surveys conducted in
Armenia, viewing the UNDP as an unbiased and valuable partner in coordination and