Child poverty in Europe and Central Asia region

Definitions, measurement, trends and recommendations

A six-year-old girl at a Roma community in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Child poverty has long-lasting and harmful consequences for individuals and societies, and measuring child poverty is essential for designing effective policies for the realization of children’s rights. In the region, where measures of child poverty are available, children are more likely to be poor than adults. Yet many governments are not yet monitoring child poverty, or are not reporting this regularly. Countries should develop national measures of monetary and multidimensional child poverty and use these to design policies and set targets for reducing child poverty. This paper reviews the current situation of measurement of child poverty, through both monetary and multidimensional means, and makes recommendations to improve measurement and reporting as a basis for policy making.

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