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A multidimensional response to tackling child poverty and disparities: reflections from the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities

Gaspar Fajth, Sharmila Kurukulasuriya and Sólrún Engilbertsdóttir

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424822.003.0021
A multidimensional response to tackling child poverty and disparities: reflections from the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities

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There are critical times in a child's life where failure to intervene can have irreversible impacts on their capabilities and quality of life. Although protecting the rights of all children and reducing inequities in human development are acknowledged needs, strong evidence on how to do so is sparse. It is against this backdrop that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiated, in 2007, the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities. This Study now spans 50+ countries in Africa, Asia, CEE/CIS, Latin America and the Middle East. This chapter describes the progress made by this coordinated international effort to highlight the nature and extent of multidimensional child poverty, and explores concrete strategies on how national policies can address poverty and disparities. The analysis looks at why UNICEF launched this effort; what concerns, considerations and principles have shaped it; and analyses the challenges of operationalizing child poverty concepts, measures and responses across five continents. Finally, it examines what lessons this global effort can offer to the international development community and provides recommendations on the way forward.

Keywords: Multidimensional Child Poverty; Inequity; Social Policy; United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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