A Multidimensional Analysis of Child Poverty in South Africa

Mbalenhle Dube, Statistics South Africa

South Africa has a very youthful population, with any social ills children tend to be the most vulnerable in society, and according to the Men, Women and Children Report, published by Stats SA, 70% of the children in South Africa live in poverty. Consequently child poverty tends to have detrimental consequences on their development and well-being, thus makes it imperative to have a study that focuses on child specifically. The aim of this paper is to narrow the gap in the study of child poverty in South Africa, with the objective to study the multiple overlapping deprivation analysis (MODA) in child poverty, so to understand the deprivation that children suffer from specifically. This study will use data from the Living Conditions Survey (LCS 2014/15) a nationally representative survey, which profiles the poverty experienced by households in South Africa. The finding showed that the children were most deprived of education.

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