Progress in fight against child poverty could be wiped out by Covid, says report
UN and World Bank call for structural changes to tackle the effects of the pandemic on children, who make up half the world’s poor
Globally there was a reduction of extreme child poverty between 2013 and 2017, but it was not the case in every region, with sub-Saharan Africa seeing an increase of 64 million children in extreme poverty.
The global director of the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice, Carolina Sánchez-Páramo, said not protecting children from the impacts of the pandemic would have long-term social consequences.
“Extreme poverty deprives hundreds of millions of children of the opportunity to reach their potential, in terms of physical and cognitive development, and threatens their ability to get good jobs in adulthood,” she said.