UNICEF launched a Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities in September 2007 to strengthen the profile of children at the national policy table. The study aims to influence the economic and social policies that affect resource allocations, and hopes to make children a priority in national programmes addressing the poverty of families raising children. The study addresses the health, education and protection needs of children living in poor, vulnerable households, unsafe circumstances and disadvantaged communities on the global study on child poverty and disparities blog.
Despite some progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, millions of women and children are still left behind – even in countries that have demonstrated improvement overall. UNICEF has taken on an enhanced organizational commitment to leveraging evidence, analysis, policy and partnerships to promote gender equality and deliver results for all children. The Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities, carried out in 50 countries and seven regions with UNICEF support, is part of that effort.
The study produces comparable analyses on child poverty and disparities in nutrition, health, education and child and social protection through collaboration with national and international partners. The results and process of the study have generated evidence, insights and networks that have been used as leverage to influence national development plans, and inspired and fed into poverty reduction strategies or sector-wide approaches, common country assessments and other development instruments. With support from a number of experts and international research centres, the social policy and economical analysis unit in UNICEF's division of policy and planning created a comprehensive Global Study Guide to help carry out the study in each participating country.
The study finds context-specific evidence to assess policy responsiveness to outcomes related to child poverty and disparities. With a comprehensive approach, this analysis uses the material and deprivation approach to measure child poverty and assess how these approaches interact with one another. The country analyses are conducted by teams of national experts in collaboration with UNICEF country focal points, and include participatory mechanisms to engage with multiple stakeholders at the country level. A core, global network of child poverty experts across 50 countries should foster knowledge sharing and collaboration across every region. Individual country reports are at the heart of the global study, and we envision that they will serve as the building blocks for regional and global reports.
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This site includes examples of recently published situation analyses and poverty analyses.