A multidimensional look at poverty in the Solomon Islands

This graph shows the mean score of all participants involved in the Solomon Islands study (1,862 individuals) for each dimension of the Equality Insights measure. On average, participants were least deprived in the Shelter dimension (mean = 3.4) and most deprived in Education (mean = 2.3).

Mean dimension score of all participants by sex

On average, women scored lower than men in most dimensions meaning they were more likely to experience more severe deprivation in most aspects of life. The biggest difference between men and women can be seen in Voice and Clothing.

Mean dimension score of all participants by age

Younger people tend to experience more deprivation than older people in Food, Environment, Voice and Family Planning. The age effect is reversed when it comes to Education; 18-34 year olds are less deprived in Education than 35 - 64 year olds who are less deprived than those over 65.
Solomon Islands data

Closer look: Food dimension

This map explores the category of deprivation that the highest percentage of individuals in that ward experience, by dimension.

“She tries her best to give her children food, but she does struggle with finding food so relies heavily on her garden”

– Reflections from our enumerators in the Solomon Islands.

The number of individuals in each category of food deprivation: 591 people were least deprived in food and 541 were most deprived.

Young men were more likely to be most deprived in food than any other group. For women, food deprivation was similar among all age groups.


The age effect by province

The slope plot shows deprivation broken down by each province and age group. Regardless of age group, those in the most deprived category are more likely to live in Central province however this effect is particularly stark for those less than 65 years old. Conversely, those in the somewhat and least deprived categories are most likely to reside in Guadalcanal with the exception of those over 65 years old.

“Because you cannot have money but you can still eat, you can go fish and get a fish that would cost someone in another country much more.”

– first name last name, reflecting on the importance of resources (beyond money) for food security.

Register your interest to learn more about the data

Get the latest Equality insights to your inbox

Sign me up