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Save the Children International
Economic poverty is one of the key drivers of child protection risks. In in order to meet basic needs, very poor households may be forced to resort to negative/harmful coping strategies, to reduce household expenditures (ex: school drop out, child marriage) and increase household income (child labor, sexual exploitation or forced recruitment). Covid-19 is further exacerbating economic vulnerability and associated risks by preventing individuals from generating income (due to lockdown or quarantine), increasing debt at household level, depleting their assets, and/or incapacitating income generators.