IDS Policy Briefing;98

Reducing all Forms of Child Poverty: The Need for Comprehensive Measurement

Published on 26 August 2015

Despite widespread investments in child poverty reduction, the way in which child poverty is measured presents a narrow and partial picture. Current practice is still biased towards measuring static and single dimensions of child poverty, primarily using monetary indicators as a proxy to capture other areas of deprivation.

This limits the understanding of underlying causes that keep children trapped in poverty and what needs to be done to reduce all forms of child poverty. Research in Ethiopia and Vietnam explored the extent to which living in an income-poor household also means that a child experiences poor child wellbeing and vice versa, and investigated reasons for why some children experience good child wellbeing despite living in an income-poor household and vice versa.

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    Keetie Roelen

    IDS Honorary Associate

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    Institute of Development Studies
    Roelen, Keetie
    IDS Policy Briefing, issue 98


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