Training Course on 'Poverty Statistics' in Mauritania
Date: 24-26 August 2015
Venue: Nouakchott - Mauritania

Adopted in 2012, the Strategy Document of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) is the first vision document for the COMCEC for six main cooperation areas including poverty. To achieve strategic objectives defined in the COMCEC Strategy, COMCEC Coordination Office launched the COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme in 2013. Carried out under the support of COMCEC PCM Programme and coordinated by SESRIC, the project titled “2014-SESRIC-016 Improving Statistical Capacities of OIC Member Countries in Poverty Statistics” aims at building statistical capacity in poverty statistics and overall contributing to the National Statistical Systems (NSS) of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through capacity building programs including short-term trainings.

Within the framework of 2014-SESRIC-016 Project, SESRIC organised the Training Course on 'Poverty Statistics' at the National Statistical Office (ONS) in Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania on 24-26 August 2015. The course was conducted by Mrs. Dorra Dhraief, Expert at National Institute of Statistics (INS) of Tunisia with the participation of relevant officials of ONS of Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

As defined in the Classification of Statistical Activities (CSA Rev. 1 - October 2009), Poverty Statistics includes work on multidimensional methods to measure poverty. The subject area “Poverty Statistics’” is currently classified under the “Multi-domain statistics and indicators” activity of the “Environment and multi-domain statistics” domain.

The Course focused on the following topics:

  • Conceptual Framework for Statistical Measures of Poverty
  • Importance of Statistical Measurement of Poverty
  • Dimensional Measures Poverty: Measures Based on Income or Expenditure
  • Poverty Lines: Absolute Poverty vs. Relative Poverty
  • The Indices Foster-Greer-Thorbecke (FGT)
  • Combining the Lines of Poverty and Material Deprivation Indicators
  • The Multidimensional Approach: Context and Indicators
  • The Multidimensional Poverty Index
  • Group Work: Selection of Dimensions, Indicators, Poverty Lines, Weights





2014-SESRIC-016 Project “Improving Statistical Capacities of OIC Member Countries in Poverty Statistics” is funded by the COMCEC.