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Child Poverty in Rich Countries 2005

The Proportion of Children Living in Poverty has Risen in a Majority of the World’s Developed Economies

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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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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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