More than Half of the World’s Poor are Children

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Posted Jun 29, 2019 | Brookings Institution, Katharina Fenz, Kristofer Hamel

Since 2016, the Earth’s poorest people have fallen by some 55 million, but the speed of poverty reduction appears to be slowing and the situation in several countries is worse than five years ago. In sub-Saharan Africa - the world’s last frontier of poverty - child poverty, a new dimension in the poverty narrative is coming into focus. Katharina Fenz and Kristofer Hamel show in this Brookings Institution post that more than half of the world’s poorest people are children, even though children represent only 30 percent of the world’s population. These findings conceal an even harder truth: Children remain both a cause of poverty and its consequence. Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=73930150


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