From The World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM)
October 2013 | Number 125
Although the world witnessed an unprecedented pace of poverty reduction over the last decades, reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty by more than 700 million, approximately 1.2 billion people remained entrenched in destitution in 2010. In order to leverage developing country efforts and galvanize the international development community to exert concerted effort to end extreme poverty, the World Bank has established the twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population in very country . Ending extreme poverty in just one generation is a formidable challenge by all accounts that requires a thorough understanding of the state of the poor. Continue reading
Abstract: Katherine Magnuson’s research focuses on the well-being and development of economically disadvantaged children and their families. In the first half of this brief Magnuson pulls together scholarship on the effects of poverty and inequality on children, especially from infancy to age five. Her scope goes beyond the social sciences to include new findings from neuroscience and developmental psychology that provide a new window into the mechanisms by which disadvantage may have lasting effects on children’s cognition, behavior, and life chances. Continue reading
Child poverty is a central and present part of global life, with hundreds of millions of children around the world enduring tremendous suffering and deprivation of their most basic needs. Despite its long history, research on poverty and development has only relatively recently examined the issue of child poverty as a distinct topic of concern. This book brings together theoretical, methodological and policy-relevant contributions by leading researchers on international child poverty. With a preface from Sir Richard Jolly, Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, it examines how child poverty and well-being are now conceptualized, defined and measured, and presents regional and national level portraits of child poverty around the world, in rich, middle income and poor countries. The book’s ultimate objective is to promote and influence policy, action and the research agenda to address one of the world’s great ongoing tragedies: child poverty, marginalization and inequality.
The full publication is now available for free download by clicking here.
The Institute of Development Studies is convening a major international conference on the relationships between inequality, poverty, and vulnerability.
“Child Poverty, Public Policy and Democracy” International Seminar
Organized by Equity for Children, Equidad para la Infancia, CROP, FLACSO, IIJ-UNAM. Support: IFE, DDHH
Mexico DF, February 19 – 21, 2014
Abstract This paper presents and discusses different concepts of child poverty, alternative definitions of children living in poverty, and measurement efforts in this regard. It addresses such questions as: who are the children living in poverty? Is the issue of children living in poverty recognized by and incorporated into anti-poverty strategies? Have governments, civil society organizations and international organizations identified and adopted policies to reduce child poverty? And is the situation of girls living in poverty taken into account? Several organizations have recently adopted human rights-based approaches to defining children living in poverty, and these definitions are included here. Continue reading
Ten years ago, UNICEF asked the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at Bristol University, UK, to produce a scientifically valid and reliable method for measure the extend and depth of child poverty in all the developing regions of the world. The methodology had to be socially and culturally appropriate, age and gender specific and allow for the fact that children’s needs change as they grow and develop. The methodology also needed to be consistent with agreed international definitions of poverty used for policymaking purposes and within the framework provided by international human rights conventions, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Continue reading
Introduction of Issue No. 22 of “Voices in the Pheonix” Continue reading
Having reliable and regular measurements of child poverty is essential to designing and implementing public policies aimed at overcoming it. Continue reading