A world free from child poverty

A guide to the tasks to achieve the vision

Two boys with disabilities, who are sharing a wheelchair, get help from their teacher during a primary-school class in a learning and protection space at the Gado site for refugees from the Central African Republic, in East Region.


While there have been many positive changes in recent decades, the challenges for children remain great: children are significantly more likely to live in poverty than adults, and the impact of poverty on children can be devastating and lifelong, with implications for future generations and society as a whole. Children face these challenges globally, in richer and poorer countries alike.

Crucially, although perhaps less recognized, there are specific solutions to address child poverty. These range from direct transfers and benefits that reach families with children living in poverty, to ensuring real access to quality services for all, to addressing the stigma and discrimination that can block children’s hope and potential.

Yet, in many countries, child poverty is not explicitly targeted as a national priority, and it is not routinely measured or reported on. Two years ago, a diverse group of organizations came together to form a Global Coalition to End Child Poverty to work collectively for change.

This guide harnesses our knowledge and experience to support national processes to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 1 on ending poverty.

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UNICEF and The Global Coalition to End Child Poverty
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