A World Free from Child Poverty: A guide to the tasks to achieve the vision

With children now explicitly included in Goal 1 on ending extreme poverty, this guide aims to support the acceleration towards achieving the SDGs.

For clarity, the guide is organized around a sequence of indicative “Milestones” of child poverty work. While for every country this path is likely to be unique, we hope this approach makes it easy to locate the challenges you face and approaches that could be taken. These Milestones are:

  • Milestone 1: Building a national pathway to end child poverty
  • Milestone 2: Measuring child poverty
  • Milestone 3: Putting child poverty on the map: child poverty advocacy
  • Milestone 4: Reducing child poverty through policy and programme change
  • Milestone 5: Achieving the SDGs: ending extreme poverty and halving it by national definitions

The work was led by UNICEF, but jointly produced with the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, which allowed us to bring together a wide range of country examples, practical tools, and the latest academic thinking.

While the guide’s primary focus is on Goal 1, it also provides guidance that are useful for other goal areas such as inequality, since child poverty is multidimensional in nature. Some of the cross-sectoral topics include:

  • Child poverty profiling to identify the most disadvantaged children facing multiple deprivations of child rights
  • Overview of micro and macro-simulation tools to assess potential impact of policy and programme options
  • Linkage to public finance for children to mobilize domestic resources strengthen the policy and programmatic response
  • Guidance and examples of participatory and engagement tools for assessment and planning, including children and youth.

Sustainable Development Goals covered by this tool



It is recognized that every country is likely to have a different pathway and approach to addressing child poverty. Not only will starting points vary but national contexts will mean both key milestones and activities that can help achieve them will also vary. As such, there is no ‘minimum and desired level of stakeholder engagement’ required – rather the intention is to support each stakeholder identify tools and activities that best fit their national context and capacity. It is also worth mentioning that the guide considers a wide range of context, from fragile/humanitarian to higher-income settings given the universality of the issue.

  • Integration tools for analysing interconnections, synergies, trade-offs and bottlenecks among SDGs
  • Indicators and Assessment Tools

Diagnostics, Guidelines, Programming methodologies, Sets of monitoring indicators and indices


Open Source

Computer System Requirements:

Basic Computer

Developed By:

UNICEF and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty


David Stewart