Poverty and Social Exclusion
Poverty is defined and measured in many different ways. In Canada, there is no official national measure of poverty, including children living in poverty. Yet low income has a major influence on virtually all aspects of child development and well-being, and the effects can last a lifetime. UNICEF’s research on child poverty and social exclusion in affluent nations and worldwide focuses on various aspects of child poverty, including measuring it and effective policy solutions to eliminate it. Supporting the obligation of governments to provide resources for children “to the maximum extent possible”, our aim is to influence and monitor budgeting and policymaking processes to realize children’s rights.
Child Impact is part of a UNICEF series of digital knowledge centres that make research and analysis work for children. The first in the Child Impact series is a hub to assess the impact of economic trends and policies on children. It offers policymakers, advocates and researchers the means to assess and formulate timely and effective responses to economic shocks and to analyze the impacts of economic trends on children. This site will be continuously updated as the latest knowledge becomes available and will draw on a wide base of evidence to make the case for sound investment in children. We welcome your ideas and suggestions on how we can keep the content relevant to your work, along with contributions of new initiatives, tools and analytical work.
UNICEF report cards on child well-being
UNICEF’s Report Cards provide current evidence and measurements of various aspects of children’s well-being in the world’s most affluent, industrialized countries. A comparative lens points to solutions that can work to ensure no child is left out of opportunities to develop to their fullest potential.
- The Children Left Behind: A league table of inequality in child well-being in the world’s rich countries
- The Child Care Transition: A league table of early childhood education and care in economically advanced countries
- Child poverty in perspective: An overview of child well-being in rich countries