One in five children in sub-Saharan Africa, or nearly 148 million, will live on less than $1.90 per day in 2030, according to new projections in a report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) cited by Reuters.
The ODI report finds that the among the world’s poorest people, the share of African children will double by 2030. 2030 is the target year for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, including ending extreme poverty. The report finds that efforts to improve education and health systems and to reduce gender disparities and child marriage are essential to combat child poverty on the continent.
“However, African leaders need to invest in the youth and end harmful practices such as child marriage…
In sub-Saharan Africa, more than a tenth of girls are married by 15, and four in 10 are married by 18, according to the Population Council, a U.S.-based non-profit organization.”
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