The effects of child poverty can be devastating – and it lasts a lifetime.
Around the world, the poorest children are most at risk of disease, malnutrition and stunting.They’re more likely to miss out on school, or get a poor quality education. And there’s a greater chance they’ll suffer early marriage, physical violence or child labour.
But child poverty isn’t inevitable, as the story of Veronica and her family, below, shows.
And now governments are recognising this too. In 2015, more than 160 national leaders signed up to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a set of targets that could end hunger, extreme poverty and preventable child deaths by 2030.
We're campaigning tirelessly to make sure governments deliver.
We're also working to tackle child poverty in the UK. Britain's one of the world’s richest countries, yet rates of poverty are rising – which means more children growing up without the essentials they need to fulfil their potential.