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Orphanhood and child vulnerability - Cote d'Ivoire

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  • L. Guarcello
  • S. Lyon
  • F.Rosati

A large proportion of Ivorian children must grow up in the absence of one or both birth parents. In all, 13 percent of children aged 0-14 years of age are orphans, the second highest orphan rate in the West Africa region. There is also a large group of children, accounting for about 15 percent of total 5-14 year-olds, who are fostered, i.e., children who are not orphans but nonetheless live in a separate household from their parents. This Country Brief explores the effects of orphanhood and fostering on child vulnerability. Evidence is presented indicating that orphanhood increases child vulnerability on two fronts: it makes it much more likely that a child is denied schooling and much more likely that a child is exposed to the dangers of work. The death of one parent makes it five percentage points more likely that a child works full-time in economic activity and seven percentage points less likely that a child attends school full-time. Becoming a foster child has an even stronger effect on child vulnerability, making it nine percentage points less likely that a child attends school and almost seven percentage points more likely that he or she works full-time, underscoring the fact that this group also merits policy attention.

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Paper provided by Understanding Children's Work (UCW Programme) in its series UCW Working Paper with number 25.

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Date of creation: Sep 2004
Handle: RePEc:ucw:worpap:25
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