A multidimensional profile of child poverty in Congo Brazzaville

Geranda Notten, Chris de Neubourg, Bethuel Makosso and Alain Beltran Mpoue

in Global Child Poverty and Well-being

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9781847424822
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307235 | DOI:
A multidimensional profile of child poverty in Congo Brazzaville

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A multidimensional approach to poverty has more uses than simply summarizing poverty in a single index or for comparing deprivation rates between dimensions. Using the Republic of Congo as an illustration, we argue that the information embedded in such an approach can additionally be used to generate better poverty profiles. In this chapter we use information on the prevalence of multiple deprivations at the level of the child to analyze to what extent children suffering from multiple deprivations have different characteristics and problems than children suffering from only one deprivation or none at all. We thereby focus on children in school going age and deprivation patterns in the dimensions financial resources, education and work. The resulting poverty profile helps identifying commonalities and differences between subgroups of vulnerable children among a larger and much more heterogeneous group of deprived children. A better diagnostic, in turn, gives more direction for subsequent in depth problem analyses and policy making processes.

Keywords: poverty; multidimensional poverty; poverty profile; Republic of Congo; Congo Brazzaville

Chapter.  6717 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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