Republic of South Africa

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The IDM South Africa country study had two samples:

Sample size:

A ‘main’ survey took place across all nine provinces, and had a final sample size of approximately 8,650 individuals (with minimum provincial sample sizes of 800).

A purposive sample of people with a disability was selected in Gauteng and Limpopo provinces. 826 individuals with a disability were be identified and interviewed, along with their household members, for a total sample size of approximately 2,300.

Strong stakeholder engagement continues to be an integral part of the IDM Program and encouraging use of gender-sensitive data to inform policy decisions.

Data collection by: ikapadata Pty Ltd, a Cape Town-based survey company

Timeline: Fieldwork for the survey started in February and went through June 2019.

Characteristics: Over 11,000 individual interviews were completed across all nine provinces of South Africa.



South Africa Briefing Notes (updated analysis, June 2020)

South Africa revised tables of results (v2 June 2020)

South Africa revised scoring and index construction (v2 June 2020)

South Africa Country Study report (all sections, initial analysis May 2020)

South Africa Country Study Executive Summary (May 2020)

Poverty and vulnerability to COVID-19 in South Africa Briefing Notes (May 2020)

IDM South Africa Presentation of preliminary results (Feb 2020)



Ikapada enumerator training for the South African country study.

The IDM is a new, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty that has been developed to assess deprivation at the individual level, across 15 key dimensions of life. It is a partnership between the Australian National University (ANU), the International Women’s Development Agency and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The IDM South African country study was led by the ANU IDM team with data collection conducted by ikapadata Pty Ltd, a Cape Town-based survey company.

The South African study had several broad aims, which were to:

  1. conduct a nationally representative survey to measure and analyse the extent of deprivation across 15 dimensions of poverty for individuals aged 16 years and over;
  2. implement the survey with a purposive sample of people with disabilities in a process parallel to the main survey.

The main study was followed by a follow-up study in two provinces in South Africa, which considered ethical issues and evaluated the impacts of asking about sensitive issues in the Individual Deprivation Measure Survey. This research was conducted to inform future safeguarding IDM survey operating procedures. The sample for the follow up research included participants from the main sample, as well as from the purposive sample of people with a disability.

For more on this research after June 30 2020, please visit the Individual Measurement of Multidimensional Poverty website.