Last mission for 2017, Ethiopia. Ready to embrace 2018 research and policy challenges!


We concluded 2017 with a mission in Ethiopia at the end of December. Our team had discussions with partners on preliminary findings of a multidimensional child poverty analysis using UNICEF’s MODA (Multidimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis) approach and parameters selected jointly during capacity building workshops in March and June.

On December 21st we met with the government and UNICEF officials from the sectors of women and child affairs, education, health, WASH, labor and social affairs, child protection, and the National Planning Commission in Addis Ababa. On December 22nd we drove to Adama for consultations with the officials of the Central Statistics Agency (CSA) of Ethiopia who were participating in a training for the National Census.

We had very interesting and fruitful discussions with partners on the preliminary findings and their comparison to existing evidence on poverty in Ethiopia, necessary changes to data collection tools to improve measurement and track progress of children’s well-being, and other research we can conduct on specific topics using the 2016 Demographic and Health Survey data.

This mission to Ethiopia marks the final phase of consultations with national partners on multidimensional child poverty analysis which will be finalized in the next few months.The SPRI Team is looking forward to pursuing new research and policy analysis challenges in 2018 and work with existing and new partners in better measuring and achieving Sustainable Development Goals!






SPRI at APPAM Chicago

We gave two presentations at the conference: 1. “Improving measurement of children’s well-being: Lifecycle needs and context in focus”; and 2. “Child poverty measurement and monitoring in the context of SDGs 1.1 and 1.2”.

The first research paper assesses the adequacy of the most commonly used surveys for measurement of multidimensional child poverty and deprivation in middle-income countries. We specifically analyze the compatibility of indicators available in MICS, DHS, and other household and child and youth surveys in Thailand, Morocco, and Kosovo with these countries’ contexts and life-cycle needs of children depending on their age.

In the second paper, we compare different multidimensional child poverty methodologies in the context of SDG 1.1 and 1.2 measurement. The paper focuses especially on target 1.2 and establishing an official measure of multidimensional child poverty that is child-centered, uses a life-cycle approach, and is contextualized.

The poster presentations are available here:

Social Policy Research Institute(SPRI)_Improving measurement of children’s well-being, Lifecycle needs and context in focus_PosterPresentation_APPAMChicago

Social Policy Research Institute(SPRI)_Child poverty measurement and monitoring in the context of SDGs 1.1 & 1.2_PosterPresentation_APPAMChicago


Capacity building workshop for measuring multidimensional child poverty in Ethiopia

In the week of May 29 – June 2, 2017 our team conducted a UNICEF-supported workshop in Addis Ababa to build the capacities of the staff of the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA) and other government officials to conduct child poverty analysis. The Ethiopian partners received a technical training on conducting multidimensional child poverty analysis using UNICEF’s Multidimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology.

We used this opportunity to also discuss the indicators, dimensions, and thresholds that would best grasp child poverty in Ethiopia with officials of the CSA, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the National Planning Commission.

The results of the Ethiopia Child Poverty Report 2017 – succeeding the capacity building workshops – will inform the discussion on setting the baseline for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1.2. for Ethiopia to track progress of the country in halving the poverty among children in all dimensions by 2030. The report will be one of the few that integrates all three measurements of child poverty; multidimensional, monetary, and subjective well-being, and demonstrates the commitment of the government of Ethiopia and national development partners in ensuring child well-being through informed policy-making.