One step ahead for measuring and reporting child poverty in Albania- institutional approach.

18 March 2021

We at UNICEF believe that no child should have their chances limited by poverty. “One step ahead for measuring and reporting child poverty- institutional approach” organized by UNICEF Albania and INSTAT in partnership with “Observatory for Children and Youth Rights” brought together national and international experts to discuss about new  tools and approaches to measure and report multidimensional child poverty and how to make the data relevant for policy discussions.

“If child poverty and deprivation is prioritized and informs policies and programmes, change can happen. First step is to understand who and where are the poor children? What are the different measures of poverty and deprivation that children in Albania are facing?” said Edina Kozma, Deputy Representative in Albania.

UNICEF Albania is working with INSTAT in producing child deprivation data according to the EUROSTAT child deprivation module, a new method of measuring child poverty included in the EU- SILC survey. Thanks to this partnership the government has collected data on child non-monetary poverty and deprivation for two years in a row which are available for processing.  

All institutions agreed that a closer look at child poverty and its effects helps the country to discuss strategies and improve children’s lives and their future opportunities.

The outcome of this meeting will lead UNICEF, INSTAT, and partners towards developing a clear roadmap to develop the EU child deprivation index. The data released today will establish foundations for concerted effort to get Albania on track to achieve the #SDG goal 1.

UNICEF in Albania is committed to take active steps into supporting the national institutions in having the right capacities and tools to regularly measure and report on Child Poverty.

The workshop is organized in the framework of Leave None Behind Joint Programme supported by SDC/Swiss Embassy.

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