Multidimensional Child Poverty, an Update and In-Depth Analysis

Team Member: Cecilia Marlina
Completion Year:
Children, Adolescence & Youth, Poverty & Inequality

Collaborating Partners

Funding body:

UNICEF under the SMERU-UNICEF Program Cooperation Agreement (PCA).


Description & Progress

As a follow-up of the working paper on ‘Multidimensional Child Poverty for Children Under-5 Years Old’, this study updates and extends the analysis of children suffering multiple deprivations. This quantitative analysis is also able to further develop an Indonesian specific Multiple Overlapping Deprivations Approach (MODA), initiated by UNICEF.

It uses National Socioeconomic Survey (Susenas) data from 2013 to derive estimates of child deprivation, using a life cycle approach. With an updated and in-depth analysis, the model is expected to improve the existing work on selected deprivation indicators. There is also a new focus on the overlapping analysis of child deprivation and monetary child poverty. Accordingly, the study produced a profile of children and also assessed which forms of deprivation were most likely to occur together.


Research Highlight

The research founds that children, regardless of their age and wealth level, are vulnerable to multidimensional deprivation. Poor children are indeed more likely to deprived; however, better financial conditions do not guarantee that non-poor children will be free from deprivation. Evidence shows that some children from nonpoor households also face barriers in accessing existing infrastructure and services.



The research results were presented in an international conference held by the University of Indonesia in October 2016.


The 2013 Update of Multidimensional Child Poverty in Indonesia

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