First ever child poverty study launched in Montenegro
For the first time, precise and reliable data on children living in poverty is made available
PODGORICA, 20 APRIL 2012 – Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Suad Numanovic and UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks will launch the first Child Poverty Study in Montenegro in the PR Press Centre, Bul. Josipa Broza Tita 23, Podgorica at 2 pm on Friday, April 20, 2012.
The first Montenegro’s Child Poverty Study shows that most of the people living in poverty are children. 10 per cent of children and 6.1 per cent of adults live in poverty in Montenegro with the monthly expenditure below € 169.13.
Every tenth child lives in poverty in Montenegro and and child poverty is most heavily concentrated amongst under five years; from families with three or more children; of single parents or from multigenerational families; from households whose members have not finished secondary school;; from the north of Montenegro and from rural areas.
In the north of Montenegro child poverty rate is 19 per cent, which is four times higher than in the central part of Montenegro (5 per cent), and almost two times higher than in the south of the country (10 per cent).
The poverty rate of children living in rural areas in Montenegro is 23 per cent or almost six times higher than in urban areas (3.74 per cent).
“Poverty is more than lack of income: it results in poorer outcomes in education and health and blights families from one generation to the next.” says UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks.
As many as 40 per cent of poor families with children in Montenegro live in a cramped kitchenette apartment or in a one-room apartment. Poor children lack space for studying and computer or internet access. A vehicle can be found in only 24 per cent of poor households with children, which are on average19km away from the nearest Primary Healthcare Centre and 12 km away from the nearest primary school.
Breaking this cycle of poverty depends on investments by governments, civil society and families in children's rights and wellbeing, and in women's rights.
“Spending on a child's health, nutrition, education, and social, emotional and cognitive development, and on achieving gender equality, is not only an investment in a more democratic and a more equitable society, it is also an investment in a healthier, more literate and, ultimately, more productive population.” concludes UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks.
Findings of the first Child Poverty Study in Montenegro will contribute to ongoing policy dialogue on how to address the situation of poor children and their families.
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