In collaboration with the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA), Global Technical Advisory Group (GTAG), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs – Women’s Affairs and Gender Equality Division (MIA / WAGED) the Tonga Statistics Department successfully launched the Equality Insights Rapid Report, Tonga Survey 2022 on June 12th, 2023.

Equality Insights as a measure assesses multidimensional poverty by considering fifteen dimensions of life—clothing, education, energy, environment, family planning, food, health, relationships, safety, sanitation, shelter, time use, voice, water, and work. It also assesses financial circumstances by measuring assets.

Equality Insight is an International Women Development Agency‘s flagship program, which focuses on individual-level, gendersensitive measurement of multidimensional poverty and inequality influenced by various social, economic, and environmental factors and contexts. This poverty and inequality measure was implemented in Tonga in 2022 using Equality Insights Rapid – a new, shorter, phone-based survey that measures deprivation across 15 dimensions of life. All adults in a sampled household are surveyed individually, with a complimentary household survey used to identify all eligible household members and collect information on a number of questions where circumstances are similar for all household members. A representative, multi-stage cluster sampling approach was utilised to gather survey responses from across Tonga. Five strata were identified following the Tongan Statistics Department (TSD) formal census designations. Responses were gathered from people residing in Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, and Eua. The Niuas were excluded based on its remote location and limited population size. Data collection took place over the course of seven weeks from early May 2022 to 30 June 2022. The final dataset included 6,703 individuals from 2,551 households.

Please refer to the full report here