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CONFERENCE ON EFFECTS OF POVERTY, INEQUALITY ON AFRICA’S CHILDREN OPENS IN ADDIS

ADDIS ABABA, A conference seeking to identify solutions and action to tackle the adverse impact of poverty and inequality in Africa, with particular focus on the continent's children, has opened here with policy makers, practitioners, civil society and researchers on children and poverty in Africa addressing the multi-dimensional and complex challenges.

A representative of the African Child Policy Forum, Agnes Akosua Aidoo, told the three-day conference which began Monday that African governments were investing relatively more in sectors benefiting children and were increasingly becoming child-friendly compared with the situation ten or so years ago.

However, the bad news is that half of the world's poor, most of them children, live in Africa where 42 per cent of the population subsisted in conditions of extreme poverty, she added.

Dr. Aidoo said policy reforms in the tax systems, access to credit and improvements in agricultural productivity, in addition to political commitment were necessary to change the lives of children in Africa.

Ethiopia's Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, Demitu Hambissa, said it was important to consider the potential differential impact of economic growth and poverty-reduction policies on adults and children in order to tackle poverty in a holistic and child-sensitive manner.

This conference is one of its kind to put researchers, policy makers and policy implementers under one roof. This enables us to have the same figures and understanding of the status of our child protection systems to tackle the poverty and inequality faced by our children," the Minister added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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