UNICEF blog flags up need for multidimensional poverty measures

A UNICEF blog has highlighted the need to go beyond measuring income to capture the multiple aspects of poverty, especially in the context of child poverty.

The blog, titled ‘The global agenda must prioritise child poverty’ and written by UNICEF’s representative in Moldova Alexandra Yuster, explores the question of how child poverty should be measured and the impact this has on policy.

Measurement must focus on the broader aspects of a child’s well-being, Yuster writes, commenting that ‘for a child, that means everything from whether she or he can go to school and learn, to whether she or he is well-nourished and healthy, to whether she or he is safe, happy and cared for in her family and community’.

Arguing that finding new ways to measure and address these multidimensional needs is crucial, Yuster highlights the work carried out by OPHI with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

UNICEF’s own child-focussed multidimensional poverty measure, the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA), builds on OPHI’s work on multidimensional poverty analysis to construct a measure that focuses on specific experiences faced by individual children.

You can read the blog in full here.