Commission on Poverty English Version
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Intergenerational poverty refers to the poverty induced by the socially/economically challenged background of a person’s parents. It therefore follows that tackling intergenerational poverty would involve the provision of support and opportunities essential to a person’s sound, balanced and sustainable development but which support and opportunities would, if not for the intervention, be beyond reach as a result of the socially/economically challenges his/her parents face. Since life cycle development is cumulative, the earlier the compensatory intervention takes place, the less will be the impact of deprivation on the development of a child/youth.
Tackling intergenerational poverty is one of the work priorities of the Commission on Poverty. The Task Force on Children and Youth was therefore established in May 2005.