World Vision rejoices in the significant progress Malawi has made towards achieving global and national targets in key areas of child well-being. Children account for over half of the country’s population, yet their rights and needs are often seen as peripheral to development efforts.
Despite the progress, some challenges still remain. Poverty and child rights violations remain entrenched and threatens the gains made. About 42 percent of children are married before age 18, giving up on their dreams.
At the same time, 60.5 percent of the children in Malawi face poverty of different forms. The proportion of children living in ultra-poverty is at 24 percent, slightly higher than the national average at 20 percent. This is hard to accept, but the reality for the majority of children in Malawi is that life is tough, full of violence and, for some, exploitation.
We hope this report will trigger policymakers to develop comprehensive responses to address all forms of poverty affecting children. And that the evidence and analysis presented here will encourage a national debate about what constitutes child poverty in Malawi and how to address it holistically.
The Child Rights Barometer (CRB) is designed to encourage regional cooperation, stimulate more robust implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and serve as a policy analysis tool for civil society, governments and donors. It consists of 861 main indicators that together measure a state’s policy and actions to protect and care for girls and boys under their jurisdiction. The CRB framework of indicators heavily relies on the Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, published by UNICEF. The Handbook provides a series of yes, no and partially-implemented checklists to create an understanding of each UNCRC article’s significance. The CRB uses these checklists as core indicators to measure state performance.