Changes in Household Debt
English: % of cash transfer beneficiaries who report a reduction in household debt
French: % des bénéficiaires de transferts d’argent qui font état d’une réduction de la dette des ménages
Czech: % příjemců peněžní pomoci uvádějících snížení dluhů jejich domácnosti
What is its purpose?
The indicator measures changes in household debt. It is an important proxy indicator of a household's economic situation.
How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data
Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of your target group members:
RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTIONS (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)
Q1: Prior to receiving cash from [specify the name of your organization], did your family hold any debts?
A1: yes / no
(ask the following question only if the previous answer is YES)
Q2: Since you have received cash transfers from [specify the name of your organization], did the amount of debt your family holds become smaller or higher or remained the same?
1) became smaller
2) became higher
3) remained the same
4) does not know
Calculate the indicator's value by dividing the number of respondents whose debts became smaller by the total number of respondents (exclude those who did not know) and multiplying the result by 100.
1) For guidance on assessing the exact amount of a household’s debt, please see IndiKit’s indicator Indebtedness - Existence and Levels.
2) Household debt can also provide a proxy for protection status, and indicate a reliance on negative coping strategies. Informal loans from friends and family can lead to social tensions or exploitation, while money lenders often charge very high interest rates to people who do not have the collateral to access affordable credit. If this is a concern in your context, consider adding the following question in order to gain more understanding of local coping strategies:
Q3: From where do you receive credit?
1) friends / family
2) local trader(s)
3) MFI / bank / credit union
4) informal, last resort lenders (use the local term, e.g. “5/6” or “loan shark”)
5) other - specify: .........................................
3) Disaggregate the data by sex.