Support to Poverty Analysis and Monitoring – Thinking Differently about Poverty and the Poor

Brief/Background

UNDP is providing technical assistance to develop definitions and measurement tools to respond to the challenges of poverty in the Kingdom as a multidimensional phenomenon. In this project

UNDP is providing direct support to the National Agenda (2006 – 2015) particularly on social welfare theme.

What have we accomplished so far

  • Developed new reports to tackle the poverty from it multidimensional aspects such as:

        - Comparison Quality of Life Index (QLI) 2002-2010 Report,               formerly named (localised Living Standard Index, (LSI)
       
        - Detailed 2010 analytical report for (QLI) with linking these results       with the current macroeconomic situation of the country.

        - Conducting a poverty pockets survey which was the first of its       kind in the Kingdom to produce analytical social data at the               selected 15 districts/sub district level spread over 7 governorates       of the Kingdom, it gathered evidence on household’s access to       decent jobs, quality health care and education, reliance on               community solidarity, social cohesion and public services.

        - As a result from the above mentioned survey, poverty pocket           analysis report was developed.
  • Developing QLI Info database for the years 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010 and activating QLI Info website for Jordan (http://www.devinfo.info/qlijordan).
  • Establishing an effective coordinating system for the line ministries supervised by MOPIC, resulting in a coherent and comprehensive approach towards monitoring the implementation of the newly developed Executive Development Programme (EDP), 2011-2013.
  • Establishing a full computerized performance dashboard in MOPIC to assist in the operational, tactical and strategic level and up to date KPI’s and indicators, visualized through a web-based application.
  • Building capacity on using MIS for selected line ministries to ensure the sustainability and continuous use of the system by updating the indicators directly by ministries.
  • Providing high technical expertise to support MOSD (Ministry of Social Development) and MOPIC in cooperation with the World Bank and Columbia University Middle East Research Centre (CUMERC) in developing Jordan’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) 2013-2020 .
  • Developing 23 Policy Options Papers (POPs), presenting policy options, policy measures, actions and indicators for a range of key issues linked to poverty reduction in Jordan.
  • Preparing a paper that shows a definition of the working poor concept, calculate a more accurate estimate for the working poor in Jordan, determine the characteristics of this group of poor, and perform a preliminary calculation of the cost of including the working poor in the NAF (National Aid Fund).
  • Revising the working poor and their characteristics paper based on HEIS (House Expenditures and Income Survey) 2010 data which was done by UNESCWA.
  • Constructing a Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Jordan using 2006 data which will enable the government in organizing information about the economic and social structure of Jordan
  • Building capacity on using MAMS (Maquette for MDG Simulations) in collaboration between MOPIC, UNDESA and UNDP for strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling using MAMS approach which is  a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model developed to analyse strategies for achieving MDGs country-level, and medium-to-long-run policy analysis.
  • Providing technical assistance to MOPIC and DOS to update the input output tables (IO tables) for Jordan using 2010 data. IO tables are a quantitative economic technique that represents the interdependencies between different branches of the national economy or between branches of different, even competing economies within one year period.
  • Supporting government experts in Jordan to enhance their analytical capacities in using GAMS (General Algebraic Modelling System) for designing coherent macroeconomic and social policies and strategies and reducing vulnerability to volatility in the global economy.
  • Delivering a report on mapping and reviewing the existing government and independent institutions, monitoring systems that are related to information required in the Executive Development Programme, and to establish how these can provide the information that is required in the newly established monitoring system developed for the EDP.
  • Delivering a report on comprehensive revising household income and expenditure survey (HIES) and its methodology including recommendations.
  • Revising the sample of HIES and the sampling methodology and conducting training on the sampling techniques for DOS employees.

Expected outputs



  • Output 1. Poverty Pockets Survey is analyzed and results are followed-up.
  • Output 2. Focus is shifted from monetized poverty to “social risk” of vulnerability and exclusion.
  • Output 3. Social Sector Planning is supported and implementation is monitored.
  • Output 4. Poverty is alleviated through more effective use of resources and improved social service delivery

Who Finances it?

Donor Name Amount Contributed

 UNDP

$ 400,000
Government $ 160,000
UNFPA $ 70,000
UNICEF $ 10,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2011: USD 253,009.28

2012: USD 333,042.19

Project Overview
Status:
Active
Project start date:
October 2011
Estimated end date:
December 2014
Focus Area :
Poverty
Responsible Party:
Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC)
Implementing Partner:
MOPIC & Department of Statistics (DOS)
Project Budget:
USD 823,100.00
Location:
Jordan
Highlights
  • Comparison Quality of Life Index (QLI) 2002-2010 Report, formerly named (localised Living Standard Index, (LSI)
  • Detailed 2010 analytical report for (QLI) with linking these results with the current macroeconomic situation of the country.
  • Conducting a poverty pockets survey which was the first of its kind in the Kingdom to produce analytical social data at the selected 15 districts/sub district level spread over 7 governorates of the Kingdom, it gathered evidence on household’s access to decent jobs, quality health care and education, reliance on community solidarity, social cohesion and public services.
  • As a result from the above mentioned survey, poverty pocket analysis report was developed.