Children’s Multidimensional Poverty

Sabina Alkire, Christoph Jindra, Gisela Robles and Ana Vaz
Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
Publication Date:
17 July 2017
Africa, Children and Youth, Sustainable Development

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community affirmed the importance of eradicating child poverty, identifying within Goal 1 the need to reduce the proportion of men, women and children living in multidimensional poverty. The international definition of a child, also used here, is anyone less than 18 years of age. This briefing disaggregates the 2017 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (global MPI) by age group to analyze the particular situation of 1.8 billion children who live in 103 countries. The findings are striking - and deeply troubling.

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