Multidimensional child poverty in Haiti<sup>1</sup>

David Gordon, Audrey Lenoel and Shailen Nandy

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:
Multidimensional child poverty in Haiti1

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Haiti has long been a beacon of hope for poor and oppressed peoples of the world. It was the first country to have a successful slave-led revolution which resulted in independence. At the time of the revolution, Haiti was one of the most productive and wealthiest countries on the planet. Since independence, however, it has been plagued by poverty, political unrest and natural disasters. The earthquake of January 2010 struck a country that was already one of the poorest in the world. This chapter shows that in the years before the earthquake hardly any progress was made in reducing child poverty and deprivation in Haiti. The work represents the first ever study of child poverty in the country, and its findings are disheartening, since it was hoped the benefits of lifting international sanctions on Haiti would be manifested most apparently in positive outcomes for children.

Keywords: Haiti; child poverty; statistics; sanctions; development; basic needs

Chapter.  6397 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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