29 Sep 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am –

A discussion on investing in human capital at the 2020 IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings, Civil Society Policy Forum. The session will examine the impact of major disruptions in services for the nurturing care and development of all young children as a result of COVID-19. It will present a new tool: “Cost of Inaction for Young Children”, and identify pathways to increase investments for young children.

The Nurturing Care Framework has the potential to improve the lives of millions of children worldwide and to boost the global economy by trillions of dollars, according to two U.S. analysts writing for the Seattle Times. Peter Laugharn is President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Steve Davis is President and CEO of PATH. The two express strong joint support for the approach: “These interventions are cost-effective, relatively easy to provide, and can even be added to existing programs. And they deliver an incredible financial return to communities.” In discussing these claims, the authors cite the work of Nobel laureate economist James Heckman, who has shown that investment in children aged 0-3 produces the highest financial returns. Read More →

In May 2020 the Society for International Development held a virtual panel discussion with representatives from USAID, International Rescue Committee and PATH to explore how these organizations are using the Nurturing Care Framework in humanitarian settings, nutrition programs, and within the health sector – before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More →

Working with national governments in Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa, PATH has developed or updated counseling aids, reporting tools, and information, education, and communication materials to facilitate attention to all aspects of nurturing care in maternal and child health services at facility- and community-levels. Read More →