As part of its Poverty Watch Flagship, PRFT conducts the Basic Needs Basket (BNB) Survey project. PRFT launched this project in 2010 in Harare before it was replicated to other towns such as Mutare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Shurugwi, Masvingo and Bindura. The BNB survey tool was introduced in response to the lack of comprehensive and accurate picture of poverty in both the urban and rural areas of Zimbabwe to inform evidence based policies. PRFT’s research work seeks to compliment government efforts to provide timely and reliable statistics on human poverty.
The BNB is a social research tool which provides evidence to state and non – state actors on the monthly basic requirements of an average family of five to enjoy a healthy and dignified lifestyle. The overall objective of the BNB survey project is to generate regular, local specific and disaggregated statistical and qualitative information of the basic cost of living for ordinary residents in specific locations, and push for policies and programs that cushion vulnerable urban households. The BNB surveys seek to complement national statistics compiled by ZIMSTATs (Poverty, Income, Consumption and Expenditure, Poverty Datum Line) by filling the gaps existing in the provision of timely local specific data. At regional level, PRFT joined other organizations which have been implementing this tool in other SADC countries such as Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Namibia.