This study upholds in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which mark an international commitment to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and to foster global collaboration for development. As part of this effort, this study was carried out in 40 countries and seven regions in 2007-2008 with UNICEF support. The study proposes a comprehensive approach that focuses on poverty through a progressively specific analytical lens. First, the study looks at gaps and opportunities in national poverty reduction strategies, including the demographic and economic context, employment, public and private social expenditures, fiscal space and foreign aid. Second, the study focuses on the poverty and disadvantages faced by families with children – a crucial agenda to address.
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