Training Course on 'Poverty Statistics' in Burkina Faso
Date : 17-19 August 2015 Venue : Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

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 Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD) in Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso on 17-19 August 2015. The Course was conducted by Mr. Momath Cisse, Expert at National Agency of Statistics and Demography (ANSD) of Senegal with the participation of relevant officials of INSD of Burkina Faso.

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:

  • The concept of welfare and poverty
  • Steps for measuring poverty
  • Household surveys
  • Measuring poverty: choosing a wellness indicator
  • How to define a poverty line
  • Problems choice of absolute poverty line
  • Digital Index
  • The index of poverty gap




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