Poverty in St. Lucia: A Wealth of Responses

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Julie Vanessa Nurse


A major agenda of development studies is the persistent problem of poverty. While much has been said
and done on poverty, this social disease continues to plague large sections of all societies, not least of all in the Caribbean region.

This research is set in St. Lucia, a Caribbean island of 238 square miles. In order for significant strides to be made on the country's road to development, research must be done to inspire and inform policy-makers and development practitioners. At the time of the study there were mainly two (2) official documents on poverty in SI. Lucia. The most notable and widely used document that provides an understanding of national poverty in St. Lucia is the 1996 Poverty Assessment Report (PAR) commissioned by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). This report, which followed an extensive national survey, focus group discussions, interviews and community observations, has since been used, as a guide to policy formulation aimed at reducing poverty and enhancing the well being of communities in St. Lucia. While it is useful for the national, large scale data it provides there is need for more focused and specific investigation, to provide an even deeper understanding of poverty in St. Lucia.

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Julie Vanessa Nurse, Organization of American States

M.Phil. (Sociology), The university of the West Indies