Sierra Leone News: World Bank Group Celebrates End Poverty Day

By Stephen V. Lansana

World Bank country office on Tuesday October 17, 2017, commemorated End Poverty Day.

To mark the day, the Bank held a video conference at its Spur Road office in Freetown, which connects both French and English speaking countries in Africa and Washington.

The video conference focused on social mobility and intergenerational mobility. Countries made presentation on how they are helping to promote social inclusion. The conference delved into the theme of mobility, and focus on the subject of social inclusion.

Dr Isatou Ceesay, Junior Doctors Association of Sierra Leone (JUDASIL), said “Our own social inclusion is about child sexual abuse, prevention and awareness.”

She disclosed that they have just started a one week campaign and they have targeted over 3000 children including those that have gone through child sexual abuse.

Carolina Sanchez is the senior director of Poverty and Equity Global Practice. She has done many research and study on intergenerational mobility. She said that intergenerational mobility issue has raise attention in the developed world of late, and that the study focuses on education in economic community, adding that education matters and it is paramount in determine intergenerational mobility.

She said that they looked at two concept of mobility: Absolute mobility, that is, the children do better education than their parents in absolute terms; and Relative mobility which is basically the relative status of parents in the distribution in society which determines the relative status of the children.

For example, in situation where parents are not educated and poor, they are likely to remain poor and those born in rich families are likely to remain rich.

In stating their research findings, she said that the prospects of too many people around the world are too close to be tied to the economic status of their parents. Intergenerational mobility is higher in developed countries than those in developing countries. She added that economic mobility is critical in poverty reduction and to sustainable growth. She recommended that developing countries should invest in children, support local actions and invest in aspirations