The Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI Global) is currently supporting UNICEF Benin in conducting an in-depth analysis of child poverty and deprivation in Benin. This research assignment follows up on a previous SPRI-supported study on child poverty and multidimensional deprivation in Benin, conducted in 2016.
Poverty reduction remains a challenge in Benin. The monetary poverty rate increased from 36% in 2011 to 40% in 2015, and poverty remains overrepresented among children. According to the 2016 analysis of child poverty and deprivation in Benin, 43% of children aged 0-17 years lived in monetary poor households in 2015, against 41% in 2011. In terms of multidimensional poverty, 65% of children were considered multidimensionally poor in 2015. In other words, around two in three children suffered from at least three deprivations in key domains of life.
This research study aims to use the latest Demographic and Health Survey Data (EDS 2017-2018), in combination with the Enquête Harmonisée des Conditions de Vie des Ménages (EHCVM 2018-2019) to update the Beninese child poverty and deprivation measures.
The study aims to provide updated descriptive and analytical to inform government and development actors on the extent, nature and dynamics of poverty and deprivation affecting children and their families. The resulting findings will guide the development of more effective policies, programs and strategies towards improving the situation of children in Benin.