Multidimensional Child Poverty Analysis in Lesotho

This study is commissioned by UNICEF Lesotho and aims to conduct a poverty, vulnerability and deprivation analysis among children, by applying the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology. Specifically, the objectives of this study are:

(1) to analyze the extent and characteristics of child deprivations and the profiles of children suffering from deprivation in Lesotho, disaggregated by geographical regions, gender and social quintiles;

(2)  to identify deprivations that need to be addressed and to inform equity based policy responses;

(3)  to identify areas of deprivation that need further analysis;

(4) to support the Government of Lesotho to set a national baseline and target for the SDG 1.2 by 2030, which specifies the need to reduce at least by half the proportion of children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions; and

(5) to build the research and analytical capacity of the Bureau of Statistics (BoS), and UNICEF in child poverty analysis using MODA.

The team members of this study are Prof. Chris de Neubourg, Dr. Victor Cebotari, Ms. Nesha Ramful, and Ms. Liên Boon. This study will use the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of 2014 as its empirical baseline.