Empowering the Future: A Comprehensive Child Poverty Study

In September 2023, the Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI Global) embarked on a significant mission to support UNICEF Yemen and government partners, including the Ministry of Planning and the Central Statistics Organization (CSO), in tackling child poverty. This crucial project aims not only to measure but also to understand and address the multifaceted nature of child poverty in Yemen, a country facing profound challenges.

Yemen stands as the MENA region’s poorest country, with a staggering two-thirds of its population requiring assistance, most of whom are children. The ongoing conflict, now in its eighth year, has exacerbated the vulnerability of Yemen’s people, eroding public institutions and infrastructure, and plunging living standards. In this context, SPRI Global’s project focuses on several pivotal objectives:

  • Raising Awareness: Educating government decision-makers on the impacts of multidimensional child poverty and the importance of comprehensive measures.
  • Developing Methodologies: Assisting the Ministry of Planning and the CSO to create a nationally owned framework for measuring child poverty at both the national and governorate levels.
  • Building Capacity: Providing training and on-the-job coaching for data analysis to enhance local expertise in combating child poverty.
  • Analyzing Child Poverty: Utilizing the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to offer a detailed view of the poverty affecting Yemeni children and households.

The project is not just about numbers and data; it’s about laying the groundwork for a sustainable strategy to combat child poverty in Yemen. By employing both the MODA and MPI, SPRI Global aims to go beyond traditional poverty analysis, offering insights that cover the broader impacts on children and households alike.

Deliverables of this project include awareness-raising materials, a detailed methodology note, capacity-building trainings, a draft analysis report, and consultations on findings, culminating in a final report and presentation of key findings. These outputs are designed to inform and guide policy development, ensuring that efforts to combat child poverty are grounded in solid data and comprehensive analysis.

The significance of this project cannot be overstated. With over two-thirds of Yemen’s population in urgent need of assistance, the insights gained from SPRI Global’s study will be instrumental in shaping policies and programs that aim to alleviate the hardships faced by Yemen’s most vulnerable citizens. Through meticulous analysis, capacity building, and strategic planning, this project represents a beacon of hope for Yemen’s children, offering a path towards a more secure and prosperous future.

In conclusion, SPRI Global’s commitment to supporting Yemen through this child poverty study reflects a broader dedication to using data and analysis to inform policy and make a tangible difference in the lives of the vulnerable. As Yemen strives towards recovery and development, the findings and methodologies developed through this project will play a crucial role in shaping a brighter future for its youngest citizens.

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