Producing SDG Indicator 5.4.1: Guidance For Caribbean Countries

Producing SDG Indicator 541 Guidance for Caribbean Countries

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have presented countries with the challenge of producing estimates for a range of indicators that many of them have not, to date, been producing. UN Women is committed to supporting the CARICOM region in: (A) Adapting for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) context, a survey methodology to measure unpaid care work in line with SDG indicator 5.4.1; and (B) Developing an accompanying methodology for a qualitative component.


This report represents the first stage in developing and implementing an agreed approach. It sets out the basic issues and the options available for national statistical systems in the Caribbean to measure SDG indicator 5.4.1: “Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location” in CARICOM. It outlines the main available approaches (e.g. diary versus simple question; self-completion versus administered instrument; number of respondents per household; time period covered; periodicity; stand-alone versus add-on module; open-ended versus pre-coded activities) and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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