Understanding Child Poverty in Tanzania
Ending child poverty is both crucial for fulfilling the rights of every child and for the future of Tanzania.
If not comprehensively addressed, poverty keeps children from reaching their full potential and undermines the nation’s growth, including progress towards Tanzania’s 'Vision 2025'.
To measure childhood poverty effectively, other needs key to child wellbeing, besides monetary income in the home, must be included. Tanzania has therefore developed a comprehensive way to measure child poverty specifically for the country. The measure considers a child’s access to nutrition, health, protection, education, information, sanitation, water and housing.
Accurate measurement of child poverty is particularly important in Tanzania as the child population is expected to rapidly increase by 2030. Therefore, with the right investment in its children, Tanzania could reap a demographic dividend.