OPHI input to UNICEF multidimensional child poverty measurement training

UNICEF’s Cairo office recently hosted a training course on ‘Child Poverty and Disparity Measurement and Analysis’, run jointly by UNICEF with OPHI, Laval University’s Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) network and the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) office.

The course, which ran from 9-14 March, provided technical experts from governments across the region with an in-depth overview of the conceptual and methodological aspects of measuring child poverty, using both monetary and multidimensional approaches. Led by Professor Jean-Yves Duclos from Laval University and OPHI Research Officers Paola Ballon and José Manuel Roche, among others, the course combined formal presentations with practical sessions, in which participants used real data to calculate and analyse the measures discussed.

It also gave UNICEF an oppportunity to present its ongoing project MODA (Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis), which builds on the Alkire Foster method, OPHI’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), and UNICEF’s Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities, as well as other research carried out in this field.

The course aimed to expose government officials from key agencies in MENA countries to the full range of methodologies, and create a better understanding of the policy implications of a multidimensional approach to measuring child poverty and inequality.

OPHI has published several papers on taking a multidimensional approach to measuring child poverty, including Roche’s Monitoring Progress in Child Poverty Reduction: Methodological Insights and Illustration to the Case Study of Bangladesh, which has been published in Social Indicators Research, and Beyond Headcount: Measures that Reflect the Breadth and Components of Child Poverty, by Roche and OPHI’s Director, Sabina Alkire.