UNICEF Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities

Poverty and Inequality

The Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities is a UNICEF initiative that was initiated in late 2007 and is currently being carried out in 45 countries and seven regions. What sets the Global Study apart from other poverty studies is its focus on childhood poverty as distinct from adult poverty. The study adopts a child poverty concept that builds on existing definitions and measures of poverty, and considers:

  • both income and non-income factors of the caretakers or the household, and how these determine whether or not a child enjoy her/his right to survive, grow and develop;
  • how resource scarcity and deprivations directly impact children, as well as how they are broadly experienced differently according to gender, age and social status at the family, household or country level;
  • childhood as a space that is separate from adulthood (life cycle approach);
  • that children who are deprived of a safe and caring environment are also more likely to experience other deprivations.

For more information on the Global Study visit: www.unicefglobalstudy.blogspot.com

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