Multidimensional Child Poverty Report

An analysis of child deprivation in health, nutrition, water, sanitation, education, shelter or information

Two girls stand outside an orphanage in Grafton community, western Sierra Leone.
UNICEF Sierra Leone/2016/Mason


In 2017, with the support of UNICEF and other partners, the Government of Sierra Leone, was the first worldwide to launch the sixth round of the multiple indicators cluster surveys (MICS6). In addition to providing information for a large number of indicators, including for the SDGs, this survey was designed to analyze child poverty and guide policies and programmes.

Seven dimensions were retained to define child poverty. The Sierra Leone definition of child poverty remains in line with the international definitions as well as with that used for the 2010 child poverty profile.

Hence, a child is defined as poor if they are deprived in one or more of the following dimensions: health, nutrition, water, sanitation, education, shelter or information. MICS6 data was used to estimate child poverty and disaggregate it to better understand its extent and drivers. When possible, the trend with the estimates from MICS4−2010 have been presented.

Four young girls stand on a road in Badu village, Kono district, eastern Sierra Leone.
Government of Sierra Leone, Statistics Sierra Leone, UNICEF
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