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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child Poverty and Disparities in Egypt

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AUTHOR Dr. Manal Metwaly and Dr. Erma Manoncourt
TYPE Field Examples
DATE 2010
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

Investing in its children is the best investment Egypt can make. Children’s health and well-being determines to a great extent the country’s well-being. Investment in its children and their development is therefore a reflection of the priority given to the rights of girls and boys in the development agenda. Children are Egypt’s single largest population group and their well-being today determines to a great extent the country’s current development. Children also determine Egypt’s future and its path to prosperity.

Failure to invest in childhood results in lost opportunities that often cannot be regained later. Today’s poor children are very likely to be tomorrow’s poor parents, and thus perpetuating a cycle of poverty from generation to generation which in turn undermines the growth and development of the nation. As one of early signatories of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Government of Egypt has recognized this window of opportunity by declaring the first ten years of this millennium as the “Second Decade for the Protection and the Welfare of the Egyptian Child.”

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