|AUTHOR||Kitty Stewart and Carmen Huerta|
|ORGANIZATION||Innocenti Research Centre|
|TOPIC||Child poverty and disparities|
Economic collapse in the former communist bloc led to soaring levels of child poverty in the 1990s. The effects of rising unemployment, underemployment and wage arrears were exacerbated by the erosion of state support for families with children as governments responded to a collapse in revenue. Since 1998, even the poorer countries of the bloc have seen a return to economic growth. But have the benefits of growth been felt by children? Are child support policies being restored or restructured as economic conditions improve, and to what effect? This paper calls for governments and donors to pay greater attention to the needs of very young children.