UNICEF Angola and the Ministry of Social Affairs, in partnership with a team of researchers from UCAN-CEIC, are in the process of defining and measuring national multidimensional child poverty, using UNICEF Innocenti’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology. SPRI Global members are supporting this endeavor through ongoing technical assistance and capacity building efforts.

In December 2017, technical specialists from SPRI, supported by UNICEF, first facilitated a technical training for the application of MODA, in Luanda. The training was hosted by Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE) and participants of the training were select members of INE and the Ministry of Social Affairs. The capacity building began with an introductory training of the STATA software. This was followed by giving participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the application of MODA as a methodology for producing descriptive and analytical information on the extent and dynamics of multidimensional child poverty. The results of such analyses are essential in guiding the creation and implementation of horizontally and vertically equitable poverty reduction and child well-being promotion policies, programs and strategies.

SPRI Global researchers Magdalena Isaurralde and Anais Dangeot with select members of the INE and the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Building on these efforts, SPRI Global technical experts recently returned to Angola to stage the second phase of capacity building around multidimensional child poverty measurement. Members of INE were trained to use STATA in producing child poverty analyses using Angola’s IMMS (DHS) 2015 dataset. A bottom up approach was adopted that allowed technical staff to be fully immersed in the analytical process by understanding the concepts and data as well as the process of relating them to each other. Supported by the pool of MODA proficient technicians, INE management was then also trained in analyzing the study results. Additionally, a wide range of learning materials, such as training manuals (Stata and Stata for MODA) and result templates, were produced to ensure continuous progress.

The SPRI Global capacity-building agenda follows a holistic process that allows participants of training sessions to fully comprehend the key milestones in the implementation of child poverty studies.