Experimentation with the World Bank

The World Bank led an experimental small-area estimation of poverty in Moldova in cooperation with The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of the Republic of Moldova. Direct poverty estimates are available only for large geographic units, but with the help of the World Bank small-area estimates on poverty were produced. The NBS would like to improve these estimations in particular at the lower territorial level using the administrative data sources.

An application of SAE by the Ministry of Economy

Until 2016 the Ministry of Economy of Moldova was collecting data at the level of comunas and then created a set of 100 indicators. SAE methodology was applied and conceived the “small area deprivation index”(SADI). A score between 0 and 948 was assigned to each comuna (948 being the number of comunas in the country). This index was used for the territorial development at the level of regions and localities. Therefore, the score was a policy making tool that helped decision making for the regional development agencies and the Ministry of Regional Development. NBS was one of the providers for a portion of the indicators needed to build the SADI.

The exercise was suspended in 2017 because of the government administrative reform. The mandate on poverty was excluded form the Ministry of Economy and the country is still in the process of deciding who is responsible for the poverty topic in the country.

Interested in using SAE for poverty and other indicators

The Bureau has a very limited staff. Therefore there is no resource to implement SAE. However, there is an interest to continue building capacities in this area.

Their current work

NBS has been working with the Oxford Policy Institute and another team for two to three years on developing multi-dimensional poverty index (MPI). 

Note: information obtained through discussion with Ms. Aurelia Spataru, Deputy General Director, National Bureau of Statistics, Republic of Moldova

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