In March, a significant stride was made in Eswatini’s ongoing battle against child poverty. SPRI Global was privileged to participate in a pivotal training session focused on the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology.

This effort, in collaboration with UNICEF Eswatini and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MOEPD) and supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), aimed to deepen the understanding and analysis of child poverty in Eswatini.

The training targeted the Government Technical Working Team (TWT) in Eswatini, bringing together dedicated officials from a range of Social Sector Ministries. The goal was clear: to equip these professionals with the analytical skills needed to effectively use the latest Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) data. This initiative marked a significant step for Eswatini, being the first time such an in-depth, government-led assessment of child poverty was undertaken independently.

Child poverty presents a complex challenge, significantly impacting the potential of the nation’s youth. The capacity to conduct comprehensive assessments is essential for devising effective policies and interventions. Our role in supporting the TWT’s capability development reflects SPRI Global’s commitment to aiding Eswatini’s efforts to secure a prosperous future for its children.

The collaborative workshop served as a powerful example of what can be achieved when diverse entities unite with a shared purpose. It was an enriching experience for everyone involved, underscoring the importance of joint efforts in tackling global challenges like child poverty.

As Eswatini continues its journey toward mitigating child poverty, the insights from this training promise to play a crucial role in shaping future policies and programs. SPRI Global remains dedicated to supporting such meaningful initiatives, emphasizing the collective pursuit of a world where every child has the opportunity to thrive.

We are inspired by the dedication shown by all participants and are optimistic about the positive changes this training will bring to the policies and programs aimed at reducing child poverty in Eswatini. This collaborative effort is just one of many steps towards ensuring a better future for all children in the country.