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What is intergenerational poverty?

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.
  • How to tackle intergenerational poverty?

Overview of existing relevant services and programmes

Intergenerational Poverty

An Overview of Existing Services for Children and Youth Relevant to Intergenerational Poverty

CoP TFCY Paper 1/2007
Results of the review of the pilot implementation of the Comprehensive Child Development Service (0-5 Years)(CCDS)

  • Work of the Commission on Poverty

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.

  • Focus and Approach

    Tackling Intergenerational Poverty – Concept Paper

    Child Development Fund

    "To provide children from a disadvantaged background with more development opportunities, I will earmark $300 million to set up a child development fund.  The Commission on Poverty will discuss the fund's detailed operation."

    2007-2008 Budget Speech