UNICEF donates tablets to support 6th round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)

The MICS sixth round (MICS 6) will be conducted with UNICEF financial and technical support.

Nonhlanhla Hleta-Nkambule
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UNICEF Eswatini/2021
09 April 2021

UNICEF has donated 55 Lenovo tablets to the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MEPD) to support the sixth round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). UNICEF officially handed over the tablets worth of E500,000.00 to the Hon. Min of Economic Planning and Development Dr. Tambo Gina at the ministry’s offices in Mbabane on the 1st April 2020.  These tablets will assist in conducting the MICS 6 which is scheduled to begin in May 2021. Eswatini has conducted MICS since 2002 and has participated in 5 rounds. UNICEF Eswatini has supported MICS fully since 2010. The MICS sixth round (MICS 6) will be conducted with UNICEF financial and technical support.

Speaking during the official handover at the MEPD offices, UNICEF Deputy Representative Afshin Parsi appreciated the continuous collaboration with MEPD in generating evidence to support programming for children and adolescents in Eswatini. Mr. Parsi further stated that the survey is a great tool for the country to assess the situation of children and women and it comes at an opportune time to generate SDG baselines and provides trends as well as measure progress of national priorities. He also added that MICS continues to expand its scope to provide comprehensive data for children and women.

“The MICS 6 has new modules such as water quality testing and children’s attainment of foundational learning skills among others to address areas of known data gaps. The data generated by MICS is instrumental in identifying populations that are continuously left behind, particularly children. As Programmers, it is our responsibility to design evidence-based programs to ensure we leave no one behind,” added Mr. Parsi

"As Programmers, it is our responsibility to design evidence-based programs to ensure we leave no one behind."

Afshin Parsi

Dr. Gina appreciated the support from UNICEF stating that the main objective of the survey is to provide updated information on core national indicators to assist policy makers & programme implementers to monitor & evaluate existing programmes & evaluate the country’s achievement on the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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UNICEF Eswatini/2021
Dr. Tambo Gina appreciated UNICEF's support in the implementation of the sixth round of MICS.

"The Government of Eswatini is grateful for the support from the UNICEF country office in supporting the CSO on the implementation of the sixth round of MICS 2020/21. To fast track data collection & timely availability of the report, the CSO will be using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)," added Dr. Gina during the handover.

Over the past years, MICS implementation has been improving the quality of the survey in terms of accuracy, completeness and timeliness. MICS 6 will be conducted using Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) in order to fast track data collection and timely availability of the report. This exercise will be supported through the donated Lenovo tablets, power banks and other accessories. 

UNICEF’s Afshin Parsi on behalf of UNICEF pledged continuous support to the Government of Eswatini to ensure that there is up to date evidence to inform decision making and programming to improve the welfare of Emaswati, especially children and women. 

The proposed timelines for the implementation of the survey are as follows:

•             CAPI pretest (training and field test): 6-21 April

•             Height boards (HMD) testing (training and standardization): 26 April- 7 May

•             Main fieldwork training and pilot: 17 May-11 June

•             Fieldwork start date: 14 June