The study found that nearly one fifth of children in the world’s developing countries are living in extreme poverty. The report entitled “Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children,” released Monday, found that in 2013, 19.5 percent of children in developing countries lived in households making an average of $1.90 a day or less, compared with just 9.2 percent of adults.
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The report found that the highest share of children living in extreme poverty were in Sub-Saharan Africa, with just over 50 percent. The next highest share was in South Asia with 36 percent, with over 30 percent of those living in India.
To remedy the problem UNICEF and the World Bank Group called on governments to focus on children in their national poverty reduction plans, strengthen programs that aid children and prioritize investment in programs that benefit the poorest children.
“Children are not only more likely to be living in extreme poverty; the effects of poverty are most damaging to children,” Anthony Lake of Unicef said.
“They are the worst off of the worst off and the youngest children are the worst off of all, because the deprivations they suffer affect the development of their bodies and their minds.”
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