Communities and access to services

Basic services such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation play an important role in reducing childhood poverty and vulnerability. Rapid global economic growth and targeted development initiatives have led to vast improvements in maternal health, higher rates of immunisation and more children attending primary school than ever before.

But these benefits are not being equally shared. 14 per cent of children in developing countries lack adequate access to healthcare. 93 million children are estimated to be out of school – the majority of them girls. Nearly 443 million school days are lost each year due to children drinking unclean water.

Young Lives research shows how inequalities in accessing basic services persist within, and between, different communities. We find that children who lives in the poorest households are often denied access to healthcare and education, or have access to poorer quality services, and children in urban communities obtain better services than those living in rural areas.

What's New

Growing Up In Poverty_coverHow Does Where Children Live Affect How they Develop? Evidence from Communities in Ethiopia and Vietnam, by Paul Dornan and María José Ogando Portela, in: Growing Up In Poverty: Findings from Young Lives, edited by Michael Bourdillon and Jo Boyden, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan



Addis-Ababa-redevelopmentWe have been undertaking a major study of what planned urban redevelopment will mean for children living in slum areas of Addis Ababa and Hawassa in Ethiopia. Listen to our YouTube interview with Alula Pankhurst.




Working Paper 90

Understanding Community Variation and Change in Ethiopia: Implications for Children, Young Lives Working Paper 90, by Alula Pankhurst and Agazi Tiumelissan

We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.