This guide is an attempt to harness their knowledge and experience in supporting national processes to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 on Ending Poverty, which includes children explicitly for the first time in global poverty goals and, in doing so, support all the SDGs which are so crucial to the realization of children’s rights.
This guide seeks to share experiences from across the world to support countries building national pathways to end child poverty.
As much as this guide hopes to contribute, it is important to stress that there is perhaps even more it does not achieve. When you hear from children about the positive differences that have been made in their lives, or indeed adults that experienced poverty as children, it may not be government policies and programmes that come to mind, but rather a story of individuals and grassroots organizations that have listened, responded and made a pivotal difference.
- Child poverty is a universal problem with devastating impacts on children and societies.
- For the first time,there is global goal (Sustainable Development Goal 1)to end extreme poverty, including for children, and halve the poverty of children by national definitions.
- There are proven approaches and solutions to address child poverty.
- This guide seeks to share experiences from across the world to support countries building national pathways to end child poverty
The Purpose of this guide
While this guide will use an indicative global sequence as a way of organizing material, its focus is to provide ideas and resources from across the world to support national process and decision making. Specifically, it aims to provide:
- Some simple tools for understanding where a country currently is in child poverty work, and approaches for building national pathways for progress;
- Examples of how countries have approached this work, including activity-level examples;
- Links to in-depth guidance, background documents and supporting materials to implement detailed plans that may fit the national context; and
- Support, building a network of practitioners for real-time help and advice as work progresses.