Cooperation framework agreement between the UAM and UNICEF seeks the better measurement of child poverty indicators in Nicaragua.
Managua. June 4, 2015.– The American University (UAM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an institutional cooperation framework agreement aimed at the promotion, protection and restoration of the rights of children in Nicaragua, particularly focusing on children in situations of greater vulnerability. The priority of this year-long agreement will be an analysis of multidimensional poverty in the country.
“The timeliness and quality of the data related to poverty is one of the most important challenges in terms of allowing countries to identify their gaps and inequities in relation to achieving the human rights of children,” stated Philippe Barragne-Bigot, the UNICEF Representative in Nicaragua. He added that while efforts have been made in this respect in Nicaragua, “a lot remains to be done to ensure a complete and comprehensive assessment of the situation of children.”
For his part, the Rector of the American University, Dr. Ernesto Medina Sandino, stressed that the foundations on which the university can start to build this new alliance have been provided by the initiatives the UAM has implemented to date aimed at the reduction of poverty and the improvement of the psychosocial development of children.
Improving the measurement of child poverty
The gathering of up-to-date data and statistics is fundamental when it comes to defining and trying to stop situations of poverty that affect children. The multidimensional poverty approach is used to measure social realities such as access to education; the attainment of the required years of education; inequalities in the access to services; discrimination based on gender or ethnic and racial origin; security; and access to water and sanitation, among others.
In 2010, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the University of Oxford produced the Multidimensional Poverty Index, a statistical measurement that includes 10 indicators related to three basic aspects of life: education, health care and social wellbeing. If a person does not have access to 30% or more of these weighted indicators, he or she is considered to be in a situation of poverty.
This amounts to a change in the poverty analysis paradigm as during the final years of the 20th century there was a prevalence of monetarist approaches based on economic parameters such as consumption.
Alliance between the UAM and UNICEF
UNICEF and the UAM are institutions with common principles and interests in areas such as health, nutrition, education, protection, equity, identity and the environment, as well as the impact of all of these areas on the living conditions of Nicaraguan children.
The signing ceremony took place in Auditorium A at the UAM on Wednesday June 3 with the participation of Rector Ernesto Medina Sandino of the UAM and UNICEF Representative Philippe Barragne-Bigot. The French ambassador in Nicaragua, Antoine Joly, acted as a witness to the cooperation framework agreement that will be in force for one year.
Also present at the event was Rodolfo Glenton, Coordinator of the Central American Institute’s Initiative for the Management of Local Human Development (ICGDHL).
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