Welfare Monitoring Survey 2017
This report presents a summary of the results of the Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) conducted from July to August 2017. The WMS 2017 is the fifth report 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 results for the fifth round are nationally representative, with 4,697 households having completed the questionnaire.
The aim of the study is 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.
Based on the data obtained from the fifth round of the survey, the present study examines the prevalence and distribution of issues such as consumption poverty, material deprivation, subjective poverty and social exclusion, and makes a particular reference to the role of social transfers and the well-being of children.