Multidimensional Child Poverty in Slums and Unplanned Areas in Egypt

This study aims to reduce the knowledge gap on poverty and deprivation in urban areas by going beyond average figures to explore the living conditions of children in the most disadvantaged parts of Egypt

Multidimensional child poverty in slums and unplanned areas in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2013


In 2012, around 13 million children lived in Egypt’s urban areas. As in most countries around the world, these urban children enjoy better living conditions and greater opportunities than their rural peers, including better chances of survival, better nutrition, higher school achievements, better access to social services and economic infrastructure, and a lower risk of being income poor. However, not all urban children share the same living standards and opportunities. Recent average trends for urban Egypt show stagnation or even deterioration in some dimensions of well-being, a sign of wide and probably growing disparities and deprivations within the urban setting. Average statistics hide both the existence of substantial pockets of poverty and deprivation and the scale of the inequalities faced by some children living in Egyptian cities.

Multidimensional child poverty in slums and unplanned areas in Egypt
Dr. Ali Faramawy, Manal Shaheen and Dr. Leonardo Menchini
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