An estimated 36 million of a total population of 41 million children under the age of 18 in Ethiopia are multi-dimensionally poor, meaning they are deprived of basic goods and services in at least three dimensions. In the week of May 29 – June 2, 2017 our team conducted a UNICEF-supported workshop in Addis Ababa to build the capacities of the staff of the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA) and other government officials to conduct child poverty analysis.

SPRI Global researcher Ereblina Elezaj conducting our capacity building workshop

Our Ethiopian partners received a technical training on conducting multidimensional child poverty analysis using UNICEF’s Multidimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology. We used this opportunity to also discuss the indicators, dimensions, and thresholds that would best grasp child poverty in Ethiopia with officials of the CSA, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the National Planning Commission.

National UNICEF staff attending our workshop

The results of the Ethiopia Child Poverty Report 2017 – succeeding the capacity building workshops – will inform the discussion on setting the baseline for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1.2. for Ethiopia to track progress of the country in halving the poverty among children in all dimensions by 2030. The report will be one of the few that integrates all three measurements of child poverty; multidimensional, monetary, and subjective well-being, and demonstrates the commitment of the government of Ethiopia and national development partners in ensuring child well-being through informed policy-making.