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Child Poverty in Zambia

A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis
Child Poverty in Zambia Report
A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis

SPRI Global was happy to support the Ministry of National Development Planning, the Central Statistical Office and UNICEF in providing a comprehensive analysis of both monetary and non-monetary child poverty in Zambia. It is the first time that national level monetary poverty and multidimensional child poverty for Zambia has been measured using the same data set. The estimates have been generated using the 2015 Living Conditions Monitoring Survey data set. With the child population accounting for 52% of the overall population, this is an important undertaking by Zambia’s Government and UNICEF. This analysis is an important step in understanding child poverty and child deprivation in Zambia. The analysis shall inform policy makers and program managers with concrete and relevant evidence.

This approach to poverty measurement and analysis is responding directly to the Seventh National Development Plan’s Key Result Area number 2 on poverty and vulnerability reduction, and provides key indicators for targeting and monitoring progress towards attainment of that critical development outcome. The report was prepared following several consultations with national stakeholders to develop a Multi-Dimensional Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) methodology for Zambia. A key feature of the MODA methodology is its adaptability to the nature of child deprivations. MODA draws on the international framework of child rights to construct dimensions of child well-being in the domains of survival, development, protection and social participation. Multidimensional poverty is a key indicator in measuring the wellbeing of the population hence these child poverty results for Zambia are a baseline for the 2017-2021 National Monitoring and Evaluation framework, which will also be used for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) reporting.

The results contained in this report provide a great opportunity to refine current interventions and develop new interventions that better respond to the deprivations facing Zambia’s children.

The report is now accessible through UNICEF ESARO.

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