Reshaping social protection systems in West and Central Africa is a daunting task as these countries face major institutional and financial constraints. Social protection was usually only usually recognized as having a role in poverty reduction in as much as it allows vulnerable people to maintain or improve their living standards.
Kenya, a country of many contrasts, from its landscape to demographics, and more so its social and economic inequalities, is now trailblazing in its efforts to monitor national progress in improving the wellbeing of all its citizens. Using UNICEF’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) approach, SPRI Global was delighted to once again collaborate with the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in facilitating Kenya’s efforts.
As the second most populous country in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies on the continent, Ethiopia is on track to bring millions out of poverty. This path requires an equity approach to ensure the most vulnerable populations receive the support required to participate in the country’s growth. Among these, girls and women face some of the hardest challenges, as there is a long history of gender inequality in Ethiopia, with poorer women and girls especially facing multiple disadvantages.
UNICEF AND ANTHROPOLOGY
The DNA of cultural-sensitivity in protecting and promoting child rights
by Victor P. Karunan
A central challenge for all international development agencies working in diverse cultural and social contexts in both North and South is cultural-sensitivity in the local environments in which they work and implement their programmes.
UNICEF Angola and the Ministry of Social Affairs, in partnership with a team of researchers from UCAN-CEIC, are in the process of defining and measuring national multidimensional child poverty, using UNICEF Innocenti’s Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology. SPRI Global members are supporting this endeavor through ongoing technical assistance and capacity building efforts.
Despite making great strides in transformation and development during the last two decades, South Africa continues to be plagued by poverty and inequality. While being ranked by the World Bank as an upper-middle income country, South Africa is judged by recent UNICEF data to be one of the most unequal societies in the world and its 19 million children bear the brunt of this disparity: A child growing up in the poorest home in South Africa is 17 times more likely to be hungry and 25 times less likely to be covered by medical schemes compared to a child growing up in the wealthiest household.
Despite considerable progress, children in Lao PDR continue to experience significant levels of deprivation. Only 12 per cent of children experience no deprivation at all, while about 70 per cent of children under 18 years of age suffer at least two deprivations in the areas of nutrition, health, education, Early Childhood Development (ECD), child protection, water, sanitation, housing and information. 50 per cent of children are suffering from 3 or more deprivations at the same time.
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.
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.
As part of our ongoing mission to carry out a study for the identification of the micro, meso and macro level elements linking the Assurance pour le Renforcement du Capital Humain (ARCH) program (and it’s four constituting components: health insurance, professional training, microcredit, and pension) to its objectives, SPRI Global team members recently traveled to Benin to support the efforts of UNICEF Benin.
Engaging Theory and Evidence
with Policy Practice
- Social Protection Course in Burkina Faso with UNICEF WCARO
- Poverty and Women’s Empowerment Analyses Workshop in Kenya
- Trends in Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and its Relationship to Children’s Wellbeing in Ethiopia
- ‘CHILD POVERTY IN LESOTHO’ Report Now Available
- ‘MULTIDIMENSIONAL CHILD POVERTY in the Kingdom of Eswatini’ Report Now Available