Large-scale survey to provide necessary data for effective child rights protection in Libya

25 June 2023
officials at a panel in a launching event
UNICEF, Ministry of Planning (MoP) and the Bureau of Statistics and Census (BSC) launching Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Libya - 2023

Tripoli, 25 June 2023 - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is to conduct the first “Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey” (MICS) in Libya to gather essential data on the overall situation of children and women. Reliable data and statistics are key to allow Libyan authorities to formulate effective policies and action plans to ensure the well-being of children and women across the country.

The past conflict in Libya has created a significant data gap, hindering the Government's ability to generate, analyze, and use data across all sectors. The last national representative household survey was conducted in 2014, and there is an urgent need to update and generate nationally representative data.

UNICEF, in partnership with the Bureau of Statistics and Census (BSC), will now conduct the first ever MICS survey Libya, an international household survey program developed by UNICEF in the 1990s. The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring several key human development indicators and has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on children and women worldwide. Trained fieldwork teams conduct face-to-face interviews with household members on a variety of topics – focusing mainly on those issues that directly affect the lives of children and women. MICS is an integral part of plans and policies of many governments around the world.

“The EU has a long-standing partnership with UNICEF and is deeply committed to promote the protection of the rights of the child around the world. We are proud to support the first ever MICS in Libya, as these surveys have a proven track record in helping to shape effective policies for the improvement of lives of children and women,” said José Sabadell, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Libya. The EU is contributing €1.5 Million to the MICS’ estimated overall cost of US$ 3 Million.

"We are deeply grateful for this generous support from the European Union which testifies their effort to enhance Government's institutions and to address the essential needs of children and women. This survey will play a crucial role in enhancing Libya's capacity for child rights monitoring and for programming aimed at social inclusion. This first ever comprehensive MICS also represent the Government's commitment to finding the most in need. Together, using the findings of this survey, we can make significant progress in fulfilling the rights of every child in Libya", said Mr. Michele Servadei, UNICEF Representative in Libya.


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