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UNICEF to support BIH government in analyzing living standard of women and children

Sarajevo, 14. March 2006. – Representatives of governmental institutions and UNICEF from 12 countries of South and Eastern Europe participate in the workshop devoted to a UNICEF’s key statistical project for assessment of living standard named “Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey – MICS”. During the next nine days in Sarajevo they will exchange their experiences and analyze the statistics gathered so far. The objective is to produce mutually comparable records which can be further assessed with the statistics from over 100 countries around the World.

Opening the regional workshop, UNICEF marked also the official start of this project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) will be carried on in the next six months and the UNICEF’s key partners are the UK Department for International Development (DfID), Council of Ministers’ Development Strategy Monitoring Team (EPPU), and two entity ministries of Health and Social Protection. The main objective of the survey is to provide policy makers with up to date, reliable and accurate data that will help them to make their policy decisions in favor of children.

The survey will collect information about the achieved progress after the first such research conducted in 2000. The acquired results will be comparable with the surveys from other countries illustrating that way the information how much is the World moving towards achieving targets agreed by heads of states and comprised in Millennium Development Goals and World fit for Children.

“We are all aware that children are not just the future, but also the today of our world. We are keen to learn how much are we moving towards keeping our promises to our children. Heads of states have agreed to build strong partnerships to build the better world, a world fit for children. They have promises to keep - to reduce poverty, provide schooling for all boys and girls alike, to reduce child mortality, to improve maternal health – to name just few of them.” – said UNICEF Representative, Mrs. Helena Eversole. She stressed that UNICEF supports this research in order to assist policy makers in BIH to develop and adjust their strategies to the real needs of children and their mothers.

The sample for this survey will be 6000 households and will include 20 indicators that are not covered with any other statistical research in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The MICS will, for example provide accurate information about parents’ attitudes, early childhood development, HIV, disabilities etc.

The preparations have begun already in February and will encompass exchange of experiences with other countries in the Region, training of statistical experts and researchers. This phase of the project aims to develop their capacities to organize and run similar research in future.

The actual survey and interviews in the field will be done in April and May, while the analysis will be completed during the first summer months.

“We hope that the results of our research will be used by political leaders during the pre-election campaign. We hope that this campaign will focus more on substantial issues concerning children of this country, their wellbeing and standard than that was the case in previous campaigns. We will provide political leaders and their electorate with accurate information, asking them to act in the best interest of the child.” – concluded Mrs. Eversole.

The total cost of the project exceeds 200 000 US dollars. The UK Department for International Development (DfID) has provided 80 thousand, while UNICEF covers the rest with its own resources.

 

 
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