The Cost of Poverty

Linking extreme poverty and stunting among children to poorer educational outcomes and earnings as adults, researchers said that failing to invest in early child development is blocking about 250 million children globally from reaching their potential—cutting their future earnings by up to 26%.
In a series of reports published by the Lancet yesterday, in advance of tomorrow’s World Bank summit on investing in early child development, scientists estimated that 2/3 of children in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of poor development due to stunting and poverty, followed by 65% in South Asia, and 18% in the Caribbean and South America.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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