UNICEF supports Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in analysis of living standards for women and children.
Reliable statistics on whether Bosnia and Herzegovina is "fit for children" will be gathered over the next six months
Sarajevo, 14 March 2006 – Representatives from the governments of 12 South Eastern European countries are in Sarajevo for a workshop to launch UNICEF’s sub-regional statistics project -- the Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS). Over the next nine days, they will analyse and discuss existing statistics to produce comparable statistics for South Eastern Europe which can, in turn, be compared to statistics from over 100 countries worldwide.
The regional workshop also marks the launch of the national MICS in Bosnia and Herzegovina., to be carried out over the next six month in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DfID), Council of Ministers’ Development Strategy Monitoring Team (EPPU), and the Ministries of Health and Social Protection from both state entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main objective is to provide policy makers with up to date, reliable and accurate data to help them make policy decisions in favour of children.
The survey will gather information about the progress achieved since the first MICS, conducted in 2000. The results will be comparable with surveys from other countries, helping to illustrate whether the World is moving closer to the Millennium Development Goals and the creation of a World Fit for Children.
"We are all aware that children are not just the future, but also the today of our world," said Helena Eversole, UNICEF Representative. "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."
Ms. Eversole said that UNICEF supports this research to assist policy makers meet the real needs of children and their mothers.
"We hope that the results of our research will be used by political leaders during the pre-election campaign. And we hope that this campaign will focus more on issues concerning the children of this country, their well being and living standards than 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."
Some 6,000 households will be surveyed, with questions covering 20 indicators that are not covered with any other statistical research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as information about parental attitudes, early childhood development, HIV, disabilities etc.
Preparations began in February and include exchange of experiences with neighbouring countries and the training of statistical experts and researchers to help them carry out similar research in the future. Field work will be carried out in April and May, with analysis of the results completed in early summer.
The total cost of the project will top $200,000, with $80,000 provided by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the remainder provided by UNICEF.
For more information:
Nela Kacmarcik, UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tel: +387 33 660 118. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a household survey programme developed by UNICEF to help countries fill data gaps when monitoring the situation of children and women. It can produce statistically sound, internationally comparable estimates of key indicators.
This website includes UNICEF’s key statistical databases with detailed national information. This information was used for the end-decade assessment: “Progress since the World Summit for Children – A Statistical Review.”
It also includes global and regional summary analyses and graphic presentations of key results of progress over the decade.