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We concluded 2017 with a mission in Ethiopia at the end of December. Our team had discussions with partners on preliminary findings of a multidimensional child poverty analysis using UNICEF’s MODA (Multidimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis) approach and parameters selected jointly during capacity building workshops in March and June.

On December 21st we met with the government and UNICEF officials from the sectors of women and child affairs, education, health, WASH, labor and social affairs, child protection, and the National Planning Commission in Addis Ababa. On December 22nd we drove to Adama for consultations with the officials of the Central Statistics Agency (CSA) of Ethiopia who were participating in a training for the National Census.

We had very interesting and fruitful discussions with partners on the preliminary findings and their comparison to existing evidence on poverty in Ethiopia, necessary changes to data collection tools to improve measurement and track progress of children’s well-being, and other research we can conduct on specific topics using the 2016 Demographic and Health Survey data.

This mission to Ethiopia marks the final phase of consultations with national partners on multidimensional child poverty analysis which will be finalized in the next few months.The SPRI Team is looking forward to pursuing new research and policy analysis challenges in 2018 and work with existing and new partners in better measuring and achieving Sustainable Development Goals!

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