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Do African Children Have an Equal Chance? : A Human Opportunity Report for Sub-Saharan Africa

ACCESS TO EDUCATION ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACCESS TO LAND ACCESS TO SERVICES ACCOUNT ADEQUATE NUTRITION AGE GROUPS BASIC EDUCATION BASIC HEALTH CARE BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE BASIC SERVICES BASIC SKILLS CHILD HEALTH CHILD HEALTH SERVICES CHILD NUTRITION CITIZENS CLEAN DRINKING WATER CLEAN WATER CLIMATE CHANGE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DISASTERS DISCRIMINATION DOMINANCE DRINKING WATER EARLY CHILDHOOD EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING ECONOMIC GROWTH EDUCATION SYSTEMS EDUCATIONAL SERVICES ELDERLY EQUAL ACCESS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY ETHNIC GROUP FAMILIES FOOD SECURITY GENDER GENDER DIFFERENCE GENDER DIFFERENCES GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT HEALTH CARE HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE HEALTH SERVICES HOME HUMAN CAPITAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT HUMAN POTENTIAL HUMAN RIGHTS IMMUNIZATION INCOME INEQUALITY INEQUALITIES INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY JOB OPPORTUNITIES LABOR MARKETS LACK OF AWARENESS LEARNING LEARNING ACHIEVEMENTS LEGAL STATUS MEASLES MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS MOTHER NATURAL DISASTERS NUMBER OF PEOPLE NUMERACY NUTRITION OLDER CHILDREN POLICY ANALYSIS POLICY DIALOGUE POLICY MAKERS POLICY RESEARCH POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER PREVENTABLE DISEASES PRIMARY COMPLETION PRIMARY EDUCATION PRIMARY SCHOOL PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE PRIMARY SCHOOL COMPLETION PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVELS PRIMARY SCHOOLING PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY PROGRESS PROPERTY RIGHTS PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLIC POLICY PURCHASING POWER PURCHASING POWER PARITY QUALITY OF EDUCATION QUALITY OF LIFE READING RURAL CHILDREN SAFE WATER SAFETY NETS SANITATION SANITATION FACILITIES SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SCHOOL LEVELS SCHOOL QUALITY SCHOOLS SERVICE DELIVERY SERVICES FOR CHILDREN SIBLINGS SIGNIFICANT POLICY SOCIAL BARRIERS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIAL FACTORS SOCIAL IMPACT SOCIAL JUSTICE SOCIAL POLICY SOCIAL PROGRAMS SOCIAL SAFETY SOCIAL WELFARE SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT STUDENT LEARNING TECHNICAL EDUCATION UNIVERSAL ACCESS VACCINATION VULNERABILITY VULNERABLE GROUPS WILL WOMAN YOUNG CHILDREN YOUNGER CHILDREN YOUTH
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Washington, DC: World Bank
Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa
2014-10-20T17:07:05Z | 2014-10-20T17:07:05Z | 2015

This study explores the changing opportunities for children in Africa. While the definition of opportunities can be subjective and depend on the societal context, this report focuses on efforts to build future human capital, directly (through education and health investments) and indirectly (through complementary infrastructure such as safe water, adequate sanitation, electricity, and so on). It follows the practice of earlier studies conducted for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region (Barros et al. 2009, 2012) where opportunities are basic goods and services that constitute investments in children. Although several opportunities are relevant at different stages of an individual s life, our focus on children s access to education, health services, safe water, and adequate nutrition is due to the well-known fact that an individual s chance of success in life is deeply influenced by access to these goods and services early in life. Children s access to these basic services improves the likelihood of a child being able to maximize his/her human potential and pursue a life of dignity.

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