Children in Vietnam: Who and Where are the Poor?

from UNICEF, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs
Since 2006, a Government steering committee under the leadership of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and with the participation of the Institute of Labor Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA), the General Statistics Office (GSO) and several line Ministries, has been working on the development of a multidimensional approach to measure and understand child poverty in Viet Nam. This initiative aims to highlight the specific nature of poverty among children, and to strengthen the evidence base for effective national policies to reduce child poverty.

UNICEF has given technical and financial support and the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) provided technical assistance to the process. A series of consultation workshops was organized to facilitate the involvement of various stakeholders in discussing the different dimensions of child poverty in Viet Nam and in formulating relevant indicators. The resulting approach to measure child poverty has been applied by the University of Maastricht using existing national survey data. The key findings and lessons learned from this exercise are laid out in the present research report.

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