SPRI Global is currently providing technical support to Mozambique’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to undertake a multidimensional and monetary analysis of child poverty based on the Household Budget Survey (2019/2020) data.
As part of this ongoing effort, a team of our researchers recently facilitated the first of several training workshops for the MEF on multi-dimensional child poverty measurement, based on UNICEF’s requirements (why, what and how is multidimensional child poverty measured and how does it relate to the monetary poverty approach). The aim of these workshops is to equip the MEF with the necessary theoretical knowledge for carrying out the actual child poverty analysis. To ensure that language is not a barrier to effective knowledge transfer, the trainings are held in Portuguese.
The overarching project will allow the presentation of findings on the level of child poverty and deprivation of children in Mozambique (aged 0−17) based on multidimensional poverty analysis and provide a comprehensive picture of what children in Mozambique lack to reach their full potential. For our Mozambican counterparts, measuring both monetary and multidimensional child poverty is key to generating quality evidence to guide programming and policy responses to better address the specific needs and priorities for children.
An analysis of child poverty following the same methodology and tools as the previous Child Poverty Report (2020) will also be carried out, particularly:
- Alkire and Foster methodology (2011) or (MPI, Multidimensional Poverty Index) for the headline estimates of multidimensional child poverty
- Multidimensional poverty measures (MPI) for the adult population
- Multidimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) -to present the scale and distribution of child poverty by dimensions
- Standard measures of monetary child poverty based on the national poverty line on consumption per capita.
- Overlapping deprivations analyses (using MODA) that go beyond clustered, sector-based approaches, all of which are critical to target policy interventions more accurately.
- Comparison with findings of the previous child poverty report (2020)
Three main tasks are planned to achieve the objectives of this project.