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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Poverty and Children: A Perspective

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AUTHOR Gaspar Fajth and Katherine Holland
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2007
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

This paper aims to provide a brief, practical review on the main concepts, policy approaches and measurement issues related to poverty and children. The purpose of this paper is not to introduce the reader to poverty analysis in general, but rather to provide a perspective on how different approaches to poverty, and more recently child poverty, have contributed to the concepts presented here. The literature on poverty and child well-being is huge, but there is no single, universally accepted definition of poverty. We hope that making a case for children, and showing alternative viewpoints in the poverty debate, will be useful for those seeking an initial orientation to the topic, as well as for more seasoned readers.

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