|AUTHOR||UNICEF and Sheridan Bartlett|
|TOPIC||Child poverty and disparities|
It’s widely recognized now that the world is more than half urban – it has been three years since we reached that turning point. Less widely acknowledged is the catastrophic extent of urban poverty or its implications for hundreds of millions of children. We are used to thinking of urban children as being better off than rural children in every way – better fed, better educated, with better access to health care and a better chance of succeeding in life. For many children, this is true. But for growing numbers, the so called “urban advantage” is a myth.