SPRI Global recently participated in Economic Policy Research Centre’s #EndChildPoverty18 conference in Kampala, Uganda, presenting research and exchanging knowledge on what works for Africas’s poorest children.
While there has been substantial progress in reducing global poverty in recent years, hundreds of millions of vulnerable children remain trapped in extreme poverty. This is especially the case on the African continent, where children account for the majority and growing proportion of the population. Despite rapid economic growth in several African countries, as well as significant achievements in both development and humanitarian interventions, a staggering number of African children remain vulnerable to extreme levels of deprivation.
Existing challenges notwithstanding, a number of carefully crafted and effectively implemented social policies and programs proved successful in alleviating the burden of child poverty and deprivation. In addition to being vitally important in promoting and protecting children’s rights, these social policies and programs embody the international community’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring no one is left behind.
This conference aims to contribute to global efforts to end child poverty by generating key insight on practical actions, programs and social policy interventions that have made a tangible difference in the lives of Africa’s poorest children.
For more information please visit Uganda’s Children Portal for information and studies on children and child poverty.