• Dr. Friedrich Affolter, PBEA manager and ECPC member, takes you on an in-depth tour of this pioneering program which designed educational and mitigational programs in 14 fragile and post-conflict countries. Learn how you can benefit from PBEAs 75 research products, now available on ECPC.
  • Read the new ECPC publication, "Contributions of ECD programming to sustainable peace & development" that exemplifies the role of early childhood development (ECD) in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, Goal 16.
  • SPECIAL REPORT | Join us on this auspicious day in commemorating the adoption of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It is the time to celebrate the children of the world! by Rima Salah, Chair ECPC
  • EVENT & VIDEO | The ECPC co-hosted a side-event at the recent U.N. High-level Political Forum (HLPF) that highlighted early childhood (age 0-6) as a critical window of opportunity to invest in the “triple nexus” of humanitarian response, sustainable development, and peace and security.
  • From Sesame Street to the front lines of evidence-based science and practice, comes real hope for building more peaceful societies using early childhood development strategies. A global team of 25 ECPC affiliated experts reveal a proven theory of change and sound a global call to action in this new 14-part video series.

  • Join us in building an inclusive movement for peace, social justice and prevention of violence through using early childhood development strategies that enable the world community to advocate peace, security and sustainable development. Join our newsletter for breaking news, delivered directly to your inbox.





Listen to greetings from ECPC Chair, Rima Salah.

Greeting transcript. "It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Early Childhood Peace Consortium website. The Consortium was launched on September 2013 at UNICEF headquarters. This is to bring the contribution of science on early childhood development as a path to peace to the international community debate on peacebuilding. It established a network and a unified group of stakeholders around the goal of reducing and preventing violence against children, recognizing the power of investing in the early years to build peaceful societies. The ECPC is founded on the idea that the global community must address the root causes of violence and conflict and that families and children can be agents of change for peace. Join us to build an inclusive movement for peace, social justice and prevention of violence through using early childhood development strategies that enable the world community to advocate peace, security and sustainable development. This is an online resource to help you build with 'blocks of peace' for the children of the world, and I thank you."

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OUR MISSION ~ The promise of the ECPC is to join forces with the international community by creating a global movement to build more peaceful homes and societies, drawing on the experience of early childhood development and the transformative power of children and families, pillared by science- and practice-based evidence.

Work areas

Syrian girl in refugee camp (Suruc, Turkey) holds peace hand sign.

Building 'The Culture of Peace'

  • ‘Culture of Peace’/paths to peace

  • Empowering children & families

  • Ecology & biology of peace

  • PBEA Learning for Peace

  • Interfaith/intercultural dial...

Maasai children in school in Tanzania, Africa.

Child development programs across the globe

  • The promise of early child development (ECD)
  • Exemplars: ECD programs
  • ECD program designs/evaluations
Newborn lifted in father's hands.

What science says

  • The Beginning of Life (DOCU)
  • Pathways to Peace (MIT Press)
  • Children & families can build a more peaceful world (NDCAD)
  • Advancing early childhood development (The Lancet series)
Child refugee looking toward the sky and a hopeful future (Turkey).

Theory of change

  • Theory of change: ECD to peace
  • Economic benefits of ECD investments
  • Institutional capacity development
  • Sustainable development
  • Exemplars: Impact on global policy
Hopeful refugee father holds his young daughter (Serbian - Croatina border).

Raising hope for vulnerable children & families

  • Violence prevention/peace promotion
  • Child protection & advocacy
  • Child refugees & migrants
  • Child trafficking
Little boy exploring nature by magnifier.

Emerging areas of science & innovation

  • Emerging areas of science
  • Global & regional networks
  • Low- & middle-income country interventions
  • Power/role of media & technology
  • Empowering youth leaders

Our partners


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