Supporting Family and Community Investments for Young Children Globally
The Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (iYCG), in partnership with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, will conduct an interactive public workshop featuring presentations and discussions that highlight the science and economics of understanding and supporting family and community investments in children and their caregivers using coordinated approaches across the areas of health, education, nutrition, and social protection. Coordination will be broadly examined to include coordination across sectors, funding and implementing entities, and the lifecycle. The goal of Part 1 of the workshop, “Supporting Family and Community Investments for Young Children Globally,” is to understand decision-making on investing in young children globally by families and communities. In order to highlight these issues, Part 1 will focus on the following:
- Different dynamics determining investment
- Definitions of family and community investments
- Types of economies (urban/rural; informal/formal)
- Categories of work/labor
- Diversity of global contexts
- How to maintain the centrality of family while including examples of coordination across sectors; funding and implementing entities; and the lifecycle;
- Models for increasing opportunities for financial and human capital investments in young children and their caregivers;
- Evidence of effectiveness related to investments in families and communities;
- Models of different public and private sector approaches to supporting families to invest in young children; and
- Innovative potential that is occurring regionally and globally in family and community investments in young children globally.
Part 2 of the workshop, “What are the Impacts of Acute Disruptions such as Ebola on Children and their Caregivers?” will focus on the following questions, drawing upon a few selected acute disruptions determined by the planning committee:
- Who responded to children’s needs during the acute disruption? Who were the key actors in-country supporting children and families?
- What happened to the education, health, social protection systems, and nutrition programs serving all children and also the most vulnerable children during the acute disruption?
- How can the lessons learned from these examples lead to investments to strengthen families and communities to minimize the damage from acute disruptions on the health and well-being of children and their caregivers in the future?
Please note: This workshop will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Hilton Addis Ababa. Part 1 of the workshop, “Supporting Family and Community Investments for Young Children Globally,” will begin at 8:00am EAT on Monday, July 27th and will end at 1:00pm EAT on Tuesday, July 28th. Part 2 of the workshop, “What are the Impacts of Acute Disruptions such as Ebola on Children and their Caregivers?” will begin at 1:30pm EAT on Tuesday, July 28th and will end at 1:00pm EAT on Wednesday, July 29th.