Growing Up with the Promise of the MDGs Children’s hopes for the future of development
This report examines children’s experiences of growing up during the period of the Millennium Development Goals. It is based on an analysis of survey and qualitative data from 12,000 children in four countries – Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam.
While material living standards are rising, inequality persists, and the poorest households are not benefiting equally from economic and social change. The expansion of schooling and other services has generated high aspirations among children and their families, but multiple and recurrent shocks and food insecurity, as well as inequality in accessing quality services, may prevent these goals from being achieved and undermine progress. The experiences of children documented in this report reinforce the importance of retaining a focus on human development and addressing inequality in international development post-2015.
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