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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child poverty

Integrated child poverty profiling and analysis

© UNICEF/MLWB2012-01545/Christine Nesbitt
A small group of boys stand for a portrait near the fishing harbour in the Ndembo village in the Kantchentche Area in the district of Salima in the Central Region of Malawi on November 1, 2012

Child poverty is indisputably multi-dimensional but capturing how aspects of child poverty cumulate and clearly determining what aspects of monetary poverty and non-monetary deprivations have the most effect on well-being is not easy.  UNICEF has led recent innovations in measuring multi-dimensional deprivation using Bristol University’s approach in the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities and Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA).  Understanding the influence of monetary poverty alongside such multiple deprivations on child well-being is captured through a wider set of household data as well as new techniques and approaches.   
The Social Policy and Economic Analysis team at UNICEF headquarters is developing innovative profiling work to look across monetary poverty and deprivation using integrated approaches.  This involves using existing sources from “integrated household surveys’ that contain data on a wide range of child-level indicators alongside income and consumption are available in some countries.  We are also using innovatory approaches impute consumption and monetary poverty data into MICS and DHS surveys to supplement these rich sources of child and women level data on deprivations and human rights.

The first exemplar imputation uses survey data from Cambodia: the Cambodia Socio-economic Survey (CSES) 2009, that is the source of the new national poverty line estimates, and the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2010.  The resulting profiles will be used to assist the Country Office in developing their Situational Analysis.
Results and findings will be published on this website in the second quarter of 2013.

Contact point: Martin C. Evans, mcevans@unicef.org



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