Read-out of donor briefing and panel discussion on Early childhood development - December 2019
No Lost Generation
On 10 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. The briefing addressed the effect of emergency contexts on ECD and the opportunities and obstacles stakeholders experience when investing in solutions.
In the first panel, panelists addressed best practices, challenges, and recommendations in programming, while the second panel addressed the funding and programming gaps affecting ECD projects in the region. 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. The panelists highlighted the importance of continuing to develop strong partnerships between ECD actors responding to the crisis in Syria and Iraq.