16 Oct 2008

Solomon Islands govt and RAMSI launch a nationwide survey

8:14 am on 16 October 2008

The Solomons Island Government and the regional assistance mission launched yesterday an independent nationwide survey of Solomon Islanders' opinions.

The People's Survey 2008 is an independent way of measuring each year what people think about progress and development issues related to the Government-RAMSI partnership.

This is the third time the survey has been conducted.

The SIBC reports the People's Survey is independently conducted by Australian National University Enterprise with the support of the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office.

The survey involved Solomon Islanders interviewing 4,304 Solomon Islanders in five provinces and Honiara.

Seventy-four focus group discussions were also held.

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Tim George, says RAMSI placed a high priority on consulting directly with Solomon Islanders to ensure that RAMSI, the Government and the mission's contributing countries had access to reliable information on how people viewed its work and how they felt about key progress and development issues.

He says the information from this independent survey feeds into the overall Performance Report of RAMSI.

It will also help them in their ongoing review of RAMSI's operation and effectiveness in Solomon Islands.

Mr George says the People's Survey is a way for RAMSI, the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI contributing countries to measure how RAMSI is performing against its objectives.