In Burundi, 68% of households live in poverty, which largely impacts children. Nearly 17% of children aged 0-16 are orphans, with a large percentage due to the AIDS pandemic. Additionally other indicators also reveal high poverty and deprivation rates for children; 35% of children under-five are malnourished, and the under-five mortality rate remains high at 176 per 1,000 live births. There was a jump in primary school enrollment from 30% to 77%, however only 29% of children complete primary school. Additionally there exist large disparities within the country, with rural children and girls experiencing greater levels of poverty and deprivation. The study highlights new strategies, including pro-poor growth, combating rural exodus and policies that are targeted at the most disadvantaged children.
Study Policy Recommendations
Policy recommendations from the Burundi Child Poverty Study fall under three broad categories: economic growth, redistribution to poor households, and policies targeted at the most vulnerable. More specifically these recommendations are to:
Study Discussions on the Child Poverty Network