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Children in Africa are highly affected by unstable economies, extreme violence and injustices which render them poor, yet they form a bulk of the population in the continent. Such acts of violence and injustices deny them the basic rights of education, nutrition, healthcare and even shelter. The World Bank Group and UNICEF in 2016 reported that  Sub-Saharan Africa has both the highest rates of children living in extreme poverty at just under 50%, and the largest share of the world’s extremely poor children, at just over 50%.

Is poverty absolute or relative? When we think of (one-dimensional) income poverty, should we define the threshold t…