Brainstorming meeting on BCI & GEI Methodology

Basic Capability Index and Gender Equity Index methodology meeting.

16th April 2011, New Delhi:

National Social Watch organized a Brainstorming meeting on Basic Capability Index (BCI) & Gender Equity Index (GEI) Methodology on 16th April 2011 at India Islamic Cultural Centre.

Gender Equity Index (GEI), is a tool which captures the degree of gender equity prevailing in a country. The index was built up from information available internationally about dimensions that have a bearing on gender equity. Basic Capabilities Index (BCI) is a summary index which covers the multi-dimensional aspects of development. The BCI reflects basic well-being gauged by capabilities in different aspects of the human condition, and the indicators that make it up yield separate results for each dimension.

Social Watch India is also a part of the Social watch International network which is operative in about 80 countries. Apart from Social watch Reports which are published annually the network also comes out with Basic Capability Index and Gender Equity Index.

As a part of this initiative Social Watch India is planning to develop these indexes at the sub national level in India. In this light, it was discussed in the detailed methodology meeting that current indicators of global level need to be expanded with relevance to India by including more dimensions around health, gender and education. It would be prudent to include the social classification of regional variations and the policy implication in the indicators. Social Watch India is in the process of identifying these indicators so that these indices can be developed nationally.

Some of the important angles and dimensions suggested by the participants for developing local level indices of Basic Capability & Gender Equity were;

  • The new indicators should be able to capture and measure and represent the disaggregated data;
  • Start from the international level; go through the national, state level till district level;
  • Work on sub-national and zonal level. Clubbing of the states and zones on the basis of BIMARU, hills, plains, economy wise, special category state etc.;
  • Local level indicators may not be comparable with other regions or states, but they should be temporally comparable to monitor the local level development schemes and programmes;
  • The indicators should not be for the limited period; they should be developed for the long run and can contribute in making the programmes and schemes robust over the years;
  • The number of the indicator should neither be too large nor too small. As far as possible they should be comparable;
  • Standardization will be a challenge, hence there will be difficulty in leveraging and Clarifications should be given in the form of the footnote etc.

The panel discussion was concluded with vote of thanks by Amitabh Behar.

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