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.
Table of Contents
|2 Why Should Stakeholders Invest in Young Children?||6-12|
|3 What Are Promising Areas for Investment to Support Young Children?||13-16|
|4 How Can Stakeholders Invest in Young Children and What Are Important Considerations?||17-24|
|5 Concluding Remarks from the Forum Co-Chairs: Zulfiqar Bhutta and Ann Masten||25-26|
|Appendix A: Forum Workshops||34-34|
|Appendix B: Members of the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally||35-36|
|Appendix C: Forum Sponsors||37-37|
|Appendix D: Measurement Instruments Discussed at Forum Workshops||38-43|
|Appendix E: Examples of Programs Highlighted in Workshops||44-56|
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