Real Time Monitoring of the Effect of the COVID-19 on Children and Families in Georgia Launched
TBILISI, Georgia, August 7, 2020. The situation of children and families in Georgia will be studied to understand how they are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A grant agreement between UNICEF and the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat), signed today, will support the implementation of the Real Time Monitoring of the situation for one year and will produce data on a monthly basis.
The data gathered as a result of the monitoring will enable the government of Georgia to take stock of the ongoing situation and prepare ground for further assessment caused by the pandemic, after the crisis is over. The data will also inform policies and actions that the government currently carries out and will set the foundation for future policymaking.
"We believe that data-gathering greatly contributes to better results for children." - Ghassan Khalil
“We are very pleased to support the National Statistics Office of Georgia and the government of Georgia in this very important work”, says Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “We believe that data-gathering greatly contributes to better results for children. When data is transformed into strategic knowledge, policy decisions are better informed, more equitable, and more likely to protect children’s rights. Disaggregated data – which can reveal the children who are being left behind – are an indispensable tool for realizing the rights of every child”, Khalil added.
The Real Time Monitoring will involve the households who participated in the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, conducted by UNICEF, in partnership with Geostat, in 2018. The Georgia MICS 2018 included over 180 indicators and involved over 14 000 households in the sample size, providing regionally representative data which can be segregated by age, sex, urban/rural, IDP status, ethnicity, disability and wealth, allowing precise targeting of development interventions.
With the grant agreement, UNICEF also supports Geostat to develop statistics portals for children and young people, for them to easily access the information and to support them in working with the data. Within the framework of the agreement, the National Statistics Office will also produce a Statistical Yearbook on the situation of children and youth in Georgia.
“The new portal will enable children and young people to get useful information about the socio-economic and demographic situation of the country”, said Gogita Todradze, Executive Director of Geostat. “They will deepen their knowledge in the field of statistics, improve analytical and logical thinking skills, and become more informed about children's rights. The creation of this type of portal is a novelty in the field of official statistics”, he added.
The implementation of the carried-out activities is financially supported by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/