Living standards data collection exercise begins

Hawkers along the streetsThe Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has begun a nationwide exercise to collect data on the living conditions of Ghanaians, under the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS-7) Round Seven.

The GLSS is a nationally representative household survey, which provides reliable, disaggregated and internationally comparable welfare and living conditions statistics in Ghana, and serves as an important tool in the welfare monitoring system.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times on the exercise in Accra, the Director of Communication and Dissemination at the GSS, David Yenukwa Kombat, said that   about 100 enumerators had been deployed nationwide to collect data for the one-year exercise,  which has  started this month and  would end in October next year

“The survey would study about 15,000- households in 1000 Enumeration Areas across the country.  Selected households would be visited by trained interviewers to solicit information on their consumption and expenditures,” he said.

Mr Kombat said the enumerators would collect demographic information on selected households, on age, sex, education, health, migration, housing conditions, household incomes, expenditure, and agriculture.

He said the objectives of the survey, among others, were to collate data to provide information for updating the country’s national accounts, assessing agriculture activities, and provide information to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr Kombat explained that the estimates of the previous surveys had provided policy makers and other users with valuable information for the planning, monitoring and evaluation of programmes.

“GSS wishes to appeal to community leaders (chiefs, queen mothers, assemblymen, youth groups, District Assemblies, etc,) and households that have been selected for the survey to provide the interviewers with the needed assistance in the discharge of their duties,” Mr Kombat urged.

Ghana has conducted six rounds of living standard surveys since 1987 and the second, third, fourth, fifth and six rounds were conducted in 1988, 1991/92, 1998/99, 2005/2006 and 2012/2013.

The round seven of the GLSS was launched by the GSS in October 5, 2016 at Winneba in the Central Region.


By Kingsley Asare


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