About the Project
WMS 2017 is the fifth study in a series that commenced in 2009. It is part of a concerted effort by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide relevant information for monitoring the welfare status of the children and their families in Georgia. WMS is a biennial longitudinal survey covering all government-controlled regions of the country.
The aim of the study was three-fold:
· First, to review recent socio-economic trends in Georgia;
· Second, to assess the dynamics of key welfare indicators and compare the findings with the results of earlier rounds of the WMS;
· and finally, to capture the effects of Georgia’s Targeted Social Assistance (TSA) reform and provide policy-makers detailed information on developments that have taken place since the introduction of the new methodology and benefit scheme.
The fifth round of Welfare Monitoring Survey was nationally representative, with 4,697 face to face interviews completed throughout Georgia.
Based on the data obtained from the fifth round of the survey, the study examined the prevalence and distribution of issues such as consumption poverty, material deprivation, subjective poverty, and social exclusion; the study made a particular reference to the role of social transfers and the well-being of children. Study also examined trends of people’s perception of being in poverty and how it effects on education of children.
Study results served UNICEF and other project stakeholders to outline positive and negative trends in relation to key welfare indicators with particular focus on Children, and supported them to build future strategies aimed at improving people’s well-being and reducing child poverty.