After travelling a total of more than 20h, Liên Boon and I got to Conakry where we held hands-on training sessions for members of the Laboratoire d’Analyse Socio Anthropologique de Guinée (LASAG) of the public University of Sonfonia.
Our work built on the previous visits of our team members where the concepts forming the base of our analyses were laid. The activities were organised around equipping our trainees with the necessary skills for translating concepts into a full-fledged child multidimensional poverty analysis. Participants to the training were taught how to organise and analyse large databases using the Stata software and interpret the resulting analyses.
The participants to the sessions had extensive knowledge of the local context, through their regular field research, which led to a very rich collaboration. Overall, the trainees shined by their motivation and determination in learning and mastering the tools. We are both really looking forward to being back in Guinée to further consolidate national capacities.
The training sessions were held as part of supporting activities SPRI members are delivering to the national Unicef office for building national capacities in maintaining up-to-date programming and advocacy information. Using a child centred approach, the MODA method is being applied to Guinée’s MICS2016 nationally representative dataset as one of the inputs to the SitAn. For more information, consult our Projects description section or contact us directly.
As part of the inception of the Reference study on ARCH’s (Programme d’Assurance pour le Renforcement du Capital Humain) performance indicators, Chris de Neubourg and I were on mission in Bénin.
Our agenda led us to meeting key public and private sector actors when it comes to the current provision of services related to the programme’s foreseen four interventions, namely: health insurance, micro-credit, training and retirement insurance.
By the end of our intense days on the roads of Cotonou to Abomey, we got a strong sense of the current social protection environment, secured access to existing M&E reports and other relevant documentation, and finally presented our research methodology and project milestones to the project’s Comité de Pilotage.
The Reference study on ARCH’s performance indicators is a study commissioned by the BAI (Bureau d’Analyse et d’Investigation) of the Presidency of the Republic of Bénin and the UNICEF Country Office. For more details on the project, please consult our Projects directory or directly contact us.
In addition to carrying out the child multidimensional poverty analysis for Morocco, we trained a young and dynamic team, from the ONDH (Observatoire National du Développement Humain), selected by UNICEF to carry out future research using MODA.
To start with, the concepts of child poverty and its measurement was introduced. The participants to the training got hold of child poverty analysis basics and got well acquainted with the implications of parameter selection. This proved to be essential for the betterment of future child poverty measurement and analysis exercises in Morocco. As the ONDH designs and collects data for a nationally representative panel survey, their now deepened knowledge of child indicators will allow the adaptation of future data collection instruments to the requirements of the MODA method.
The second round of training saw the application of the MODA method using a hands-on approach. The training was held on 5 days and participants have been introduced to the basics of the Stata software. Afterwards, we applied the MODA to a real case: the Moroccan one! Participants were given the choice to work in groups or alone, catering for the differing abilities and needs of each of them.
Together we organised and tested variables used as analysis parameters. The calculations were then carried out firstly using an Excel simulation exercise, which allowed the consequences of each manipulation to be easily seen, and secondly, on the actual dataset. By the end of the training session, participants had calculated the percentage of poor children for each dimension of child well-being, the percentage of children suffering from simultaneous deprivations, and other indices including the Multidimensional Child Poverty Rate often measured for the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goal 1.2.
This mission also provided the occasion for the presentation of preliminary results and discussion of their implications with UNICEF and ONDH.
Morocco has a rich history and culture, however, children of the country still face obstacles to their well-being. Despite the country’s engagement to promote the realisation of children’s rights and its recently reasserted commitment to poverty alleviation there are too often instances where the neediest are left behind. Child conditions also differ significantly depending on their geographical location, sex, and socio economic status. Our work helped making visible the shortcomings of each Moroccan child, as EACH of them count.