SPRI Global is conducting a multidimensional and monetary child poverty analysis in Liberia commissioned by UNICEF Liberia. Children (0-17 years old) represent approximately two thirds of the total population. Poverty is widespread and increasing, and in 2016, almost half of the population (2.2 million) were unable to meet their food needs. The monetary poverty rate based on consumption rose from 54.1 per cent in 2014 to 61.2 per cent in 2016.
The main objective of this research is to understand the complexity of child poverty in Liberia to inform the design of appropriate policies and interventions and to facilitate monitoring the country’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Analytical evidence is generated based on data from the latest Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) collected in 2016 and the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) collected in 2019-20.