Launch of the Iraq deprivation report 2011
By: Khalid Khalid, UNDP Iraq
In partnership with UNDP, the Ministry of Planning launched the Iraq Deprivation Report 2011 in Baghdad. This report is the second deprivation study that used the Unmet Basic Needs methodology, and shows that 30% of the Iraqi households live in deprived conditions and that 4% of them suffer from severe deprivation.
The deprivation areas that this report covers are the economic status of households, protection and social security, education, health, infrastructure and housing conditions. The deprivation study represents a useful addition that supports development planning and policy making in Iraq. The report contributed to building the capacities of the Central Statistics Organization, and to strengthen its partnership with UNDP.
“Building on this report, UNDP Iraq is keen to further support the Ministry of Planning on taking forward poverty studies to the sub-governorate levels and in linking unmet basic needs with the more recent joint work on measuring the poverty index” said Sudipto Mukerjee, Head of Economic Recovery and Poverty Alleviation at UNDP Iraq.
The Deprivation Report 2011 is the latest report that was prepared in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Planning. Since 2003, UNDP has supported the preparation of a series of reports that focused on assessing the living conditions in Iraq. These include the Iraq Living Conditions Survey (2004), the first Unsatisfied Basic Needs Mapping (2006), the Iraq Status of Human Development (2008) and the Iraq Knowledge Network field survey 2011.
Additionally, UNDP has supported the conduction of the Participatory Poverty Assessment in Basra in 2010.
UNDP Iraq is committed to continue its support to monitor and assess the development progress in Iraq and help produce the appropriate tools that will help policy makers and development planners to reduce poverty in Iraq and achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.