UNICEF and the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (NISR) recently published their Multidimensional Child Poverty study for Rwanda. The study measures child poverty using individual deprivation data for children applying UNICEF’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) approach.

The publication provides an exploration of the single- and overlapping deprivations that children experience, and changes in the levels of multidimensional child poverty between 2010 and 2015. The results of the study illustrate the association of child deprivations with child mortality, and how well the methodology is suited to provide detailed analysis of stunting among younger children.

The study also compares the overlap between children (5 to 17 years) living in monetary poor households and the children multidimensionally poor and finds that 13 per cent of the children deprived in at least 3 dimensions do not live in monetary poor households. The report thus shows the richness of the rights-based approach that is underlying MODA.

In the near future Angola, Cambodia, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Ethiopia and Libya will publish a child poverty study based on the MODA methodology.