Child Welfare in Developing Countries

  • John Cockburn
  • Jane Kabubo-Mariara

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Child Welfare in Developing Countries: An Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Cockburn, Jane Kabubo-Mariara
      Pages 1-10
  3. Multidimensional Child Poverty Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jane Kabubo-Mariara, Margaret M. Karienyeh, Francis K. Mwangi
      Pages 13-59
    3. Gustave Kossi Agbeviade Djoke, Ayawo Djadou, Amélé d’Almeida, Rachidatou Ruffino
      Pages 61-93
  4. Impact Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Milu Muyanga, John Olwande, Esther Mueni, Stella Wambugu
      Pages 125-155
    3. Verónica Amarante, Rodrigo Arim, Gioia de Melo, Andrea Vigorito
      Pages 211-245
    4. Sami Bibi, John Cockburn, Massa Coulibaly, Luca Tiberti
      Pages 247-296
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 297-298

About this book


What factors affect child welfare? How can policy improve child welfare? In developing countries, there has been relatively little empirical work on the analysis and measurement of child poverty. Further, poverty has many dimensions, including mortality, morbidity, hunger, illiteracy, lack of fixed housing and lack of resources, and cannot be assessed with a single measurement method. Based on original research in Africa and South America, and using a multidimensional poverty indicator approach, this book identifies the existence of inequalities in child welfare, analyzes their sources, and evaluates the impacts of policy responses to those inequalities. Topics considered include monetary poverty, asset poverty, nutrition, mortality, access to education and school attendance, child labor and access to health services. The book’s findings demonstrate that while current government programs offering financial assistance, supplementary food, and free or subsidized education and health care have a positive impact on child welfare, these outcomes can still improve, and proposes policy prescriptions towards this end. The book will be of use to poverty and policy researchers, professionals in international development, and graduate students interested in poverty and inequality.


Aging Developing Countries Poverty Welfare child labor child mortality child poverty inequality multidimensional poverty

Editors and affiliations

  • John Cockburn
    • 1
  • Jane Kabubo-Mariara
    • 2
  1. 1.Poverty and Economic Policy(PEP) Research Network Université LavalQuébec CityCanada
  2. 2.School of Economics University of NairobiNairobiKenya

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