Baby playing with toys

On the 10th of December 2019, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hosted a briefing on Early Childhood Development (ECD), under the auspices of the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative and organized by Plan International and the International Rescue Committee in collaboration with other NLG partners.The briefing addressed ECD in emergency contexts and the opportunities and obstacles stakeholders experience when investing in solutions to the crisis in Syria and Iraq. 

Topics of discussion during the panel included best practices, challenges, and recommendations in programming as well as funding and programming gaps affecting ECD projects in the region. In the first panel, Plan International, War Child, IRC, and UNICEF discussed the importance of a multi-sector approach to ECD, including education, protection, health, and nutrition sectors. In the second panel, the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Lego Foundation, Doha International Family Institute, and the WHO discussed policy and funding gaps that donor agencies, experts, and policy makers should address to improve ECD programming in the region.

Read the ECD Read-Out Donor Briefing Report further here.