Innocenti Report Card

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In keeping with UNICEF's mandate to advocate for children in every country, the Centre's Report Card series focuses on the well-being of children in industrialized countries. Each Report Card includes a league table ranking the countries of the OECD according to their record on the subject under discussion. The Report Cards are designed to appeal to a wider audience while maintaining academic rigour.

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Child Poverty in Rich Countries 2005

Child Poverty in Rich Countries 2005

The Proportion of Children Living in Poverty has Risen in a Majority of the World’s Developed Economies You or your institution have access to this content

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UNICEF-IRC
06 May 2005
Pages:
39
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9789210601351 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/496fb2ee-en

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This Review finds that the proportion of children living in poverty has risen in a majority of the world’s developed economies for which data are available. No matter which of the commonly-used poverty measures is applied, the situation of children is seen to have deteriorated over the last decade. Allowing the kind of poverty that denies a child the opportunities that most children consider normal is a breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Reducing child poverty is also a measure of progress towards social cohesion, equality of opportunity, and investment in both today’s children and tomorrow’s world.

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  • Introduction

    This 2005 review of child poverty in rich countries, from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, finds that the proportion of children living in poverty in the developed world has risen in 17 out of the 24 OECD nations for which data are available. No matter which of the commonly-used poverty measures is applied, the situation of children is seen to have deteriorated over the last decade.

  • Measuring child poverty

    This brief summary of current status and recent trends is issued at a time when child poverty is of growing political and public importance to many OECD countries.

  • International comparison

    The Innocenti report on Child Poverty in Rich Countries will seek to apply these same principles, where possible, to the task of monitoring child poverty in the world’s developed economies. And as this first report shows the results are often surprising and, in the case of certain countries, alarming.

  • Conclusion

    In the last few years, many OECD governments have expressed concern over child poverty and several have committed themselves to its reduction. But in practice the record is mixed.The level of rhetoric has risen across the OECD – but so has the level of child poverty.

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