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Indonesia: fight against poverty continues amid challenges

Indonesia - AFP

Indonesia - AFP

22/07/2015 16:31

(Vatican Radio) Indonesia is in the midst of a powerful and sustained period of economic growth – a period that has seen scores of millions of people emerge from poverty, and is set to see millions more join the middle class. Nevertheless, there are still “pockets” of people – 80 million of them, according to some estimates – who continue to struggle, many of whom live on under US$2 / day.

Another area in which Indonesia has made significant progress is that of child protection and security – developments that the government and international agencies are watching closely, as Indonesia has roughly 85 million people under the age of 18 – some 35% of the population.

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22/07/2015 16:31