Child Poverty in the Eastern Caribbean Area
Overview of child poverty in 11 Eastern Caribbean countries and territories
Child poverty limits the access of children to vital resources, including nutrition, water, sanitation, basic health and social services. These situations can prevent children from achieving their full potential due to cultural, physical, mental and social development, participation and protection deprivations.
For every country, child poverty was higher than adult poverty. The differences were substantial in virtually every country, on average almost 60% higher than adult poverty rates with differentials exceeding 10 percentage points in 8 out of the 11 countries.
This report presents findings of the analyses of children living in poverty. The analysis is important not only to ensure that essential services in health, education and welfare are targeted to those most vulnerable, but also to engage in evidence-informed discussions for strengthening social protection programmes including child and gender-sensitive, social and cash transfer.
Results and tools from the series of analyses provide an example of how to integrate child poverty in the next round of CPAs. The report serves to further encourage ECA countries to place greater emphasis on developing and including approaches to combat child poverty.