Synthesis of nine global workshops exploring evidence-based, strategic Investments in young children

Alexander, Charlee M., rapporteur


  • Investing in Young Children Globally: the Cost of Inaction (Workshop) (2014 : Washington, D.C.)
  • Financing Investments in Young Children Globally (Workshop) (2014 : Delhi, India)
  • Scaling Program Investments for Young Children Globally: Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean (Workshop) (2014 : São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Using Existing Platforms to Integrate and Coordinate Investments for Children (Workshop) (2015 : Hong Kong, China)
  • Supporting Family and Community Investment in Young Children Globally (Workshop) (2015 : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Reaching and Investing in Children at the Margins (Workshop) (2015 : Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Investing in Young Children for Peaceful Societies: Individual and Structural Transformation (Workshop) (2016 : Amman, Jordan)
  • Moving from Evidence to Implementation of Early Childhood Programs (Workshop) (2016 : Toronto, Canada)
  • Innovations in Investing in Young Children Globally (Workshop) (2016 : Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)

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  • "Focusing on young children in a global context is an approach to end the cycle of poverty and improve the well-being of nations. Improving well-being necessarily begins with core elements such as health, education, nutrition, and social protection; many efforts to improve child development in the first decade of life focus on areas to meet young children's basic needs. Young children living in low-resourced settings are vulnerable to developmental and educational risk factors, such as stunting and undernutrition, disease, caregiver depression, lack of access to quality preprimary and primary education, disabilities, poverty, and societal and familial violence. While each of these areas is important for children's growth and development, there are potential increased benefits from integrated programs and coordinated policies that address more than one of these areas simultaneously, particularly for children living in low-resourced communities. An integrated and coordinated "all system" approach may be the best way to guarantee that children will have the prerequisites for healthy development. The Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally was established with the goal of integrating knowledge with action in regions around the world to inform evidence-based, strategic investments in young children, birth through age 8. The forum held nine workshops across five continents over 3 years. The goal was to learn from experiences in multiple regions and engage in culturally embedded dialogue. This publication summarizes the key themes from the presentations and discussions of the workshops"--Publisher's description


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 27-33).


  • Introduction -- Why should stakeholders invest in young children? -- What are promising areas for investment to support young children? -- How can stakeholders invest in young children and what are important considerations? -- Concluding remarks from the forum co-chairs : Zulfiqar Bhutta and Ann Masten
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