What Works for Africa’s Poorest Children? – SPRI Global at #EndChildPoverty18

SPRI Global recently participated in Economic Policy Research Centre’s #EndChildPoverty18 conference in Kampala, Uganda, presenting research and exchanging knowledge on what works for Africas’s poorest children.


While there has been substantial progress in reducing global poverty in recent years, hundreds of millions of vulnerable children remain trapped in extreme poverty. This is especially the case on the African continent, where children account for the majority and growing proportion of the population. Despite rapid economic growth in several African countries, as well as significant achievements in both development and humanitarian interventions, a staggering number of African children remain vulnerable to extreme levels of deprivation.

Existing challenges notwithstanding, a number of carefully crafted and effectively implemented social policies and programs proved successful in alleviating the burden of child poverty and deprivation. In addition to being vitally important in promoting and protecting children’s rights, these social policies and programs embody the international community’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring no one is left behind.

This conference aims to contribute to global efforts to end child poverty by generating key insight on practical actions, programs and social policy interventions that have made a tangible difference in the lives of Africa’s poorest children.

For more information please visit Uganda’s Children Portal for information and studies on children and child poverty: bit.ly/2NnZc9S

Looking at SDG4 ‘Quality Education’ Through the Eyes of a Child

Looking at SDG4 ‘Quality Education’ through the eyes of a child: Thank you Nika for sharing your video and reminding us that education is a fundamental human right, and that achieving inclusive and quality education for all is indispensable for the achievement of sustainable development.

This is a message from Nika about her video:

I’m Nika Keovilay and I’m a thirteen year-old girl who is half Ukranian, half Lao. I live in Vientiane, Laos, which is a beautiful, small country with a unique culture and history. I am currently studying at a bilingual school and I’ll be attending Grade Seven this coming semester.

I created this video as I felt lucky to be able to attend a school and get a proper education. I wish for the same for all Lao children and for all the children in this world. I believe all children should learn new things, enjoy school and be able to have a chance to achieve their dreams. Children must be able to dream who they want to be and more improtantly, be able to accomplish it.

Thank you for watching

Reports Now Available: Child Poverty in Cambodia

In line with the global development agenda and its recognition of child poverty as a unique condition with its own set of considerations, the Cambodian Government has recognized that child poverty analysis is an important tool for evaluating the impact of its poverty agenda. Using a child lens to assess the challenges of poverty reduction offers key insight into the nature of poverty in Cambodia – who the poor are, why their poverty persists, and how poverty is intergenerationally transmitted. Understanding the current context of child poverty and establishing baselines to assess progress is indispensable to achieving the 2030 SDG targets.

In support of UNICEF Cambodia, we studied child poverty in Cambodia through both the multidimensional and monetary perspective, which supports a more precise measurement and a better understanding of the situation of children in Cambodia. Where the monetary poverty measurement focuses on assessing the average financial means children’s households have available, multidimensional poverty measurement determines whether children’s basic needs are being met independent of income. The separate analysis of these two concepts of poverty allow for a more complete picture of the reality of Cambodian children, and for the identification of the most vulnerable subgroups of children that require specialized policy and programming.

The analysis was conducted using 2014 government data: the Cambodia Socio-Economic Survey (CSES) for monetary poverty and the Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey (CDHS) for the multidimensional component.

Full and summary reports available through UNICEF

Summary Report Now Available: Multidimensional Child Poverty in Guinea (MODA)

The Republic of Guinea has committed to achieving target 1.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations member states, to reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions (according to national definitions).

Multidimensional child poverty analysis is an essential tool to evaluate the impact of a government’s poverty agenda. We were happy to support UNICEF Guinea in a Child Poverty Study in Guinea using UNICEF Innocenti’s MODA (Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis) approach. Using their quantitative analysis skills, our team of researchers utilized raw and semi-raw MICS5 data, to inform the multidimensional deprivations faced by children in Guinea.

As part of this assignment, selected members of the Institut National de la Statistique and of the Laboratoire d’Analyses Socio-anthropologiques de Guinée were trained in the conceptual approach adopted for child poverty (including multidimensional poverty analysis) measurement and guided to apply these concepts for the calculation of child poverty related statistics and their analysis for Guinea. The results of this analysis will also allow for update of the country’s SitAn (Situation Analysis), previously realized by SPRI members. Learn about the study, its results and methodology by reading its accompanying summary report (French language) and infographic (French and English language), now available for full download.

Full download: Guinea (MODA) Summary Report



Call for Participants: International Summer Course “Social Protection in the Changing Labour Market”

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Social Protection in the Changing Labour Market

SPRI Global is proud to collaborate with the Department of Sociology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia and BPJS Ketenagakerjaan (Employment Social Security Agency), Indonesia in organizing the International Summer Course on Social Protection in the Changing Labour Market. The course will be held this year from September 17-28 in Yogyakarta – an Indonesian city known for its rich local culture. The course is free of charge, but our total capacity for participants is limited, and participants will be selected from different countries.
Recent developments on issues related to employment and social protection have uncovered new knowledge and policy gaps in many countries around the world. Demographic changes, disruptive technology, neoliberal economic pressure and wider inequalities are just some the factors creating these gaps. In response, we are contributing to the global knowledge exchange and discourse on these issues by organizing an international summer course on “Social Protection in the Changing Labour Market”.

The course is structured in four modules:

  1. Social protection in a global context,
  2. Demographic changes and employment,
  3. Digital economy and young workers,
  4. Current trends in the sociology of work.

Should you apply?

You are welcome to apply if you are a

  • Final year undergraduate student in the social sciences
  • Master level student or early phase doctoral student
  • Development professional specializing in social protection and employment

We expect to have a maximum of 40 participants.


All sessions of this summer course will be designed and taught by the following researchers and consultants:

  1. Professor Chris de Neubourg, SPRI Belgium
  2. Ms Sinta Satriana, SPRI Belgium
  3. Ms Julia Karpati, SPRI Belgium
  4. Ms Nesha Ramful, SPRI Belgium
  5. Ms Michiko Miyamoto, ILO Jakarta
  6. A/Professor Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne, Australia
  7. A/Professor Debra King, Flinders University, Australia
  8. Dr. Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit, Thammasat University, Thailand
  9. Dr. Dinna Wisnu, Binus University, Jakarta
  10. Dr. M. Falikul Isbah, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  11. Dr. Hakimul Ikhwan, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  12. Dr. Oki Rahadianto Sutopo, Universitas Gadjah Mada


All participants will be provided with free:

  • Accomodation
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Course kit
  • Excursion
  • Certificate/Credit Transfer

Important Information

  • Registration open: June 1 – July 30
  • Announcement of selected participants: August 6
  • Re-registration: August 7-10
  • Summer Course: September 17-28

This course is equal to 3 SKS (Indonesian credit system) or 4 ECTS (European credit system).

Online Application : http://sosiologi.fisipol.ugm.ac.id/main/international-summer-course/

Email : postgrad.sociology.fisipol@ugm.ac.id

SPRI contributions featured in UNICEF’s 2018 Knowledge for Children in Africa Catalogue

CoverFor the third successive year, UNICEF’s three Regional Offices covering Africa have come together and collected studies and reports that are being produced on the continent, representing the collective knowledge supported by UNICEF in 2018.

SPRI Global had the great pleasure of partnering with UNICEF on seven of the 131 most important reports and studies that UNICEF and its partners are generating on the situation of children and young people on the continent.

The 2018 Catalogue features the following of our joint projects – the entry for each study or report includes a short description, as well as information on the authors and contributors, planned publication date, and contact details for obtaining additional information:

  • Child Poverty in Angola: A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA)
  • Child Poverty in Guinea: A National Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA)
  • Child Poverty in Lesotho: A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA)
  • Child Poverty in Rwanda: A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA)
  • Child Poverty in Swaziland: A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA)
  • Child Poverty in South Africa: A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA)
  • Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Guinea



In addition, we are also currently partnering with UNICEF on Multidimensional Child Deprivation in Ethiopia: First National Estimates, which is due for launch in the latter half of 2018.

The availability of knowledge and evidence is crucial for informing policies and programmes to ensure they have an impact on children and contribute to the realization of children’s rights. The aim of the Catalogue is to provide timely information on the knowledge UNICEF and partners are generating in Africa, and to introduce publications that are a helpful resource for evidence-based decision making and programming.

The full report is available for download from UNICEF Innocenti.


Report Now Available: Multidimensional Child Poverty in Rwanda (MODA)

Ending child poverty is a key commitment of the Government of Rwanda, highlighted in the 2017–2024 National Strategy for Transformation as well as through the government’s strong support to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 39% of children 0–17 years in Rwanda are currently multidimensionally poor – the SDG target is to reduce this figure by at least half by 2030.

Multidimensional child poverty analysis is an essential tool to evaluate the impact of a government’s poverty agenda. We were happy to support UNICEF Rwanda and the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (NISR) in assessing current challenges for children’s wellbeing in Rwanda. The study applies UNICEF Innocenti’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) approach and both the full report and summary report are now available for download from UNICEF Rwanda.

First Child Poverty Study in Zambia using a Multidimensional Approach (N-MODA)

UNICEF Zambia, the Ministry of National Development Planning, and the Central Statistical Office recently launched the first child poverty study in Zambia using a multidimensional approach. The study is based on UNICEF’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) approach, and its conclusive findings are based on the unique analysis of deprivations among individual children (not on household data). This analysis considers the nature of child deprivations at different life stages allowing for a precise measurement of deprivations of children in poverty.

For example, in the case of being deprived in the education dimension, each child can be deprived in the education dimension even when their siblings are not. This realistically precise estimate avoids under- or overestimation compared to studies using household data, as seen in other multidimensional poverty methodologies. The MODA approach thus also allows for demonstrating the differences between boys and girls in a precise manner, compared to other, less precise multidimensional poverty measurement methods.

This publication for Zambia points to issues that are important for policy design and for country-specific programming to better respond to the deprivations faced by children. Child poverty results for Zambia are a baseline for the 2017-2021 National Monitoring and Evaluation framework that will also be used for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) reporting.

In the near future Angola, Cambodia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Libya will publish a child poverty study based on MODA.

Angola launches its Multidimensional Child Deprivation Study (MODA)

UNICEF and the National Institute of Statistics (INE) recently published the Child Poverty Report for Angola. In the report, the institutes adopt the Child-Rights approach advocated by UNICEF and reflected in the MODA methodology. This approach emphasises the importance of the nature of the UN Convention on the rights of the child, by giving equal weights to the dimensions in which children can be deprived.

This rights-based approach voids giving arbitrary weights to each of the dimensions, stating that children need adequate nutrition, education and health care as well as access to safe water, sanitation and protection from violence and abuse. Each of these dimensions is equally important and they cannot be weighted hierarchically, which is suggested by other multidimensional poverty estimates.

Given that the needs of children differ depending on their age, the analysis evaluates the variations in deprivations across four age groups, considering an age-group-specific set of indicators and child dimensions of well-being which contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of child deprivations compared to studies using household data. Overall, the MODA analysis provides relevant evidence for advocacy and programmatic purposes, and provides the Government of Angola with a baseline for the child-related SDG 1.2 indicators.

In the near future Cambodia, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Ethiopia and Libya will publish a child poverty study based on MODA.

Multidimensional Child Poverty in Rwanda: A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA)

UNICEF and the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (NISR) recently published their Multidimensional Child Poverty study for Rwanda. The study measures child poverty using individual deprivation data for children applying UNICEF’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) approach.

rwanda.pngThe publication provides an exploration of the single- and overlapping deprivations that children experience, and changes in the levels of multidimensional child poverty between 2010 and 2015. The results of the study illustrate the association of child deprivations with child mortality, and how well the methodology is suited to provide detailed analysis of stunting among younger children.

The study also compares the overlap between children (5 to 17 years) living in monetary poor households and the children multidimensionally poor and finds that 13 per cent of the children deprived in at least 3 dimensions do not live in monetary poor households. The report thus shows the richness of the rights-based approach that is underlying MODA.

In the near future Angola, Cambodia, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Ethiopia and Libya will publish a child poverty study based on the MODA methodology.