A world free from child poverty - A Guide to the tasks to achieve the vision

A new handbook produced by UNICEF and Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, aims to harness the available knowledge and experience in a comprehensive way to support all those engaged in the mission of ending child poverty.

The handbook, “A World Free From Child Poverty: A Guide to the Tasks to Achieve the Vision” produced by UNICEF and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, of which Eurochild is a member, aims to harness the available knowledge and experience in a comprehensive way to support all those engaged in the mission of ending child poverty.

It sets out the goal of ending child poverty within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, focusing on SDG 1 on ending poverty, which includes children explicitly and requires that all countries measure child poverty and strengthen policies and programmes to reduce it by 2030.

Given the diversity of contexts in which children live, there is no simple universal approach to implement the SDGs on child poverty, the guide says. Yet there are proven solutions and approaches that have worked and can provide a basis and ideas for establishing child poverty as a national priority.

The guide is organized into five main chapters, each reflecting a key milestone in the process of mobilizing nations’ commitment and action to reduce and end child poverty. The milestones include:

  • Building a national pathway to end child poverty;
  • Measuring child poverty;
  • Putting child poverty on the map through advocacy;
  • Building policy and programmes focused on reducing child poverty; and
  • Creating an integrated national approach to end child poverty and achieve the SDGs.

The handbook draws on an extensive body of research and data from national and international sources, including the World Bank, Save the Children, UNICEF, and highlights a number of country examples from around the world. It also contains simple tools for understanding where a country currently is in child poverty work, and approaches for building national pathways for progress; and provides links to in-depth guidance, background documents and supporting materials to implement detailed plans that may fit the national context. 

The guide has been developed as a project of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty with research and writing led by UNICEF, and with technical inputs received from UNICEF’s Divisions, Country and Regional Offices, as well as other coalition members.

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