Global Estimate of Children in Monetary Poverty : An Update

Ani Rudra Silwal
Solrun Engilbertsdottir
Jose Antonio Cuesta Leiva
David Locke Newhouse
David Stewart
The World Bank Group
Publication Year:
December 15, 2020
  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

This note builds on previous collaboration between the World Bank Group and UNICEF to estimate the global extent of child poverty. We estimate that in 2017, 17.5 percent of children in the world (or 356 million) younger than 18 years lived on less than 1.90 Dollars PPP per day, as opposed to 7.9 percent of adults ages 18 and above. The poverty rate of children at the 3.20 Dollars and 5.50 Dollars lines were 41.5 and 66.7 percent, respectively. The number of children living in extreme poverty declined by approximately 29 million between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for two thirds of extremely poor children, and South Asia another 18 percent. These estimates are based on the Global Monitoring Database (GMD) of household surveys compiled in Spring 2020 and consists of surveys from 149 countries that are also used for the official World Bank poverty estimates. Because the estimates pertain to 2017, they do not consider the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.


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