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Zimbabwe, February 2014: The Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF Launch Data Collection for The 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)

© Elizabeth Mupfumira/UNICEF 2014
UNICEF assists countries in collecting and analyzing data in order to fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women through its international household survey initiative the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS).

The Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF with financial support from the European Union and UNFPA have launched the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) that will provide critical information for the national assessment of progress towards achieving expected social outcomes that impact children, women and men of Zimbabwe.

As we progress towards the end of the MDGs in 2015, the results from the survey will provide critical data on the progress made by Zimbabwe on specific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) indicators.

The MICS will also provide statistics for the UN Secretary General’s Progress Report and inform the post 2015 development agenda.

In addition to the high demand for statistics for the UNSG’s MDG Final Progress Report, the 2014 MICS will provide a wealth of social statistics for the mid-term assessment of progress towards achievement of expected social outcomes and impacts for the children, women and men of Zimbabwe as well as for the development of new programmes in 2015. The following critical programming milestones will hugely benefit from the MICS:

  • The Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) Medium Term Plan review/evaluation.
  • Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) Medium Term Review.
  • GoZ/UNICEF Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) Medium Term Review (as well as other GoZ /UN programmes).
  • Impact evaluation of Multi-Donor Transition Funds (Health Transition Fund – HTF, Education Transition Fund – ETF, Child Protection Fund – CPF and the Rural Wash programme).
  • 2016 – 2020 GoZ /UNICEF new country programme development (as well as other GoZ /UN new country programmes).

The 2009 Multiple Indicator Monitoring Survey (MIMS) and 2010/11 Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) provided useful and critical baseline data for current programmes and strategic plans such as the current National Medium Term Plan (2010-2015), Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2102-2015), GoZ/UNICEF Country Programme (2012-2015) as well as for the Multi-Donor Transition funds in health, education, child and social protection, and water and sanitation programmes.  Data from the 2009 MIMS has also been used for the 2010 Situation Analysis on the lives of children and women.  The 2014 MICS will therefore provide critical information for the mid-term assessment of progress towards achievement of expected social outcomes and impacts for the children, women and men of Zimbabwe.

The main objectives of the survey are:

  • To collect socio-economic data on health, education, child protection, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, human capital and well-being of children, women and men of Zimbabwe that can be used for monitoring progress towards achievement of MDGs, Medium Term Plan, ZUNDAF and Transition Funds. 
  • To build capacity of national partners in data collection, compilation, processing, analysis and reporting on the situation of children, women and men.
  • To provide decision makers with evidence on the situation of children’s and women’s rights and other vulnerable groups  in Zimbabwe 

Governance Structure

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), formerly Central Statistical Office, is a semi-autonomous body that was established in 2011 through an Act of Parliament to oversee all data collection activities in the country. The Agency is led by the Director-General and is responsible for conducting all large scale data collection activities such as the Population Census and Demographic and Health Surveys.

 For more details on MICS: http://www.childinfo.org/mics4.html 

 

 
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