Senegal has made significant progress in reducing monetary poverty, yet children and mothers remain particularly vulnerable to multidimensional deprivations. SPRI Global presented and coordinated open dialogues with many actors involved in the research of poverty assessment, using the Multidimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) approach, during a recent methodological workshop in Senegal.

This workshop was held in Dakar with the UNICEF Senegal Country Office, ANSD, and representatives from various ministries such as the Ministry of Sanitation, Women, and Social Protection, among others. The MODA methodology was developed by UNICEF to provide a framework in which monetary poverty and deprivation can be measured, quantified and identified. MODA adopts a holistic definition of wellbeing, concentrating on the access to various goods and services that are crucial for survival and development.

It recognizes experience of deprivations is multi-faceted and interrelated, and that such multiple and overlapping deprivations are more likely to occur, and with greater adverse effects, in socio-economically disadvantaged groups. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the MODA analysis parameters in the Senegalese context.

The approach taken by SPRI Global was to begin with a methodological presentation that explained the MODA analysis and methodology. Participants had a better understanding of the importance, as well as the difficulty, of choosing the parameters. Following the presentation, the participants were separated into groups and asked to agree on parameters that were suitable for their country. Participants were very committed and engaged in lively debates. When drafting the proposal, SPRI Global will be able to take into account the comments raised by the participants.