With this webinar, the third in a series, ARNEC aims to mobilise the ECD community in the region, particularly practitioners, policy makers, and advocates at the country level, to share local and/or country-level solutions which adapt nurturing care practices for ECD to the current realities and long-term effects of COVID-19.


This event marks the launch of the World Bank’s new report, Better Jobs and Brighter Futures: Investing in Childcare to Build Human Capital. The report highlights the transformative potential of investments in childcare to increase women’s employment and productivity, create new jobs, improve child outcomes, drive economic growth and support a more resilient and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.


The Early Childhood Network Ghana and partners are hosting a webinar for parents, caregivers and ECCD practitioners. Guest speaker, Professor Avi Sagi-Schwartz from the Centre for the study of child development at the University of Haifa, Israel, will speak on the importance of childrens’ attachment in times of crisis.


This seven week course starts 25 February 2021 (flexible). It begins with a review of basic ECD concepts and implementation programmes around the world, and looks at why some programmes succeed where others do less well, and what strategies are key for enabling widespread adaptation of quality programming. For those working around the world in early childhood development programmes, the course allows you to reflect and evaluate your own organization by reviewing real-world case successes, as well as a new global perspective from other learners.


On 25 to 26 February 2021, Burundi’s Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, with the support of WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank brought together government and non-governmental representatives from multiple sectors to establish a common understanding of ECD, generate momentum for working together, and solicit inputs for the multisectoral ECD strategy.


On 24 February 2021, the Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, with the support of WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank brought together the First Lady, Ministers, Parliamentarians, Mayor of Bujumbura, partners and funders for a meeting on early childhood development. The meeting highlighted the importance of investing in the early years for human capital and called on the government of Burundi to support finalization of a multisectoral ECD strategy centred around the concept of nurturing care.


In Uganda, maternal undernutrition and inadequate gestational weight gain are prevalent and of growing concern. Join USAID to hear more about recommended implementation priorities for maternal nutrition that align with and support the newly drafted Maternal, Infant, Young Child, and Adolescent Nutrition guidelines.


This webinar, hosted by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, is about the relationship between household and child factors, including diet quality, consumption of animal source foods, and anthropometry, to the early development of young Nepali children.


The programme sought to STRENGTHEN commitment and technical assistance for child and adolescent health and empower young people to advocate for their rights to health and well-being; MOBILIZE and strengthen cross-sectoral partnerships and innovation for child and adolescent health research, advocacy, implementation, and financing in the next decade; and SHARE evidence-based research, disaggregated data, and emerging solutions to ensure improved health outcomes for babies, toddlers, children and adolescents.


Authors and panellists will introduce key findings and recommendations from a new four-part series published in The Lancet to advance health sector interventions for women and children in conflict settings.

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