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Child poverty in the developing world

By David Gordon, Shailen Nandy, Christina Pantazis, Simon A. Pemberton and Peter Townsend


Oct 21, 2003

Page count

44 pages

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Studies in Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion




297 x 210 mm


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Child poverty in the developing world

This report presents the first ever scientific measurement of the extent and depth of child poverty in developing regions. This measurement is based upon internationally agreed definitions arising from the international framework of child rights.

Indicators of severe deprivation of basic human need for shelter, sanitation, safe water, information, health, education and food were constructed using survey data on nearly 1.2 million children in 46 countries collected mainly during the late 1990's. This is the largest, most accurate survey sample of children ever assembled.

David Gordon, Shailen Nandy, Christina Pantazis and Simon Pemberton are all based at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Peter Townsend was Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science until his death in June 2009.

Child poverty and child rights in developing countries; Measurement of child poverty and standard of living; Absolute poverty and severe deprivation among children in the developing world; Conclusions and policy implications.