Notwithstanding Uganda’s remarkable record curbing income poverty from 56.4% to 19.7% of the population between 1992 and 2012, child poverty remains high and widespread across the country. According to the situation analysis of children in Uganda (watch the video!), over 50% of children under five live in poverty, and 1 in 5 lives in extreme poverty. Moreover, children’s experience of poverty and deprivation in Uganda varies widely by region, geographic location and socioeconomic status.
Under the auspices of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the post-2015 SDG framework, with close to 60% of the population below 18 years of age, and over 75% below the age of 35 years, Uganda’s vision to become a middle income country by 2040 remains highly contingent on Government’s ability to safeguard children’s right to grow to their full potential and contribute to national development.
‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children’