This international event was organized by UNICEF (MENARO and UNICEF Morocco National Office) and the Government of Morocco in order to provide a forum for sharing regional and international approaches to improving measurement of poverty and policy work to enhance equity for children in the MENA region.
Find more information on the themes and issues covered throughout the event here: Conference Concept Note
The Conference aimed to achieve the following objectives:
- Compare key approaches on measuring socio-economic disparities within the context of the Middle East and North Africa.
- Understand how to translate analyses of children’s disparities into more effective public policies, programmes, and budgets, and ensure a sound evaluation.
- Encourage dialogue and exchanges between countries, UN agencies, and NGO/civil society partners on knowledge and best practices.
The event featured presentations from selected MENA countries, and from international experts (including PEP-affiliated experts Abdel Rahmen El Lahga, from Tunisia, and Abdelkhalek Touhami, from Morocco) on how to identify and tackle inequalities. Other participants and experts included governmental delegations from MENA countries, in addition to senior staff from UNICEF, as well as representatives from international agencies such as IDRC, UNDP and the World Bank.