In 2016, the World Bank in consultation with UNICEF and 86 organizations across the globe was instrumental in launching the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN). ECDAN seeks to ensure that Allyoung children, across the globe are “safe, healthy, happy, and learning”.
Achieving this goal is a challenge given that in many countries the ministries involved in developing childhood programs are siloed in terms of their policy planning and funding mechanisms. Success will depend in large part on creating multisectorial partnerships that can achieve the necessary level of coordination and integration between sectors as outlined in the figure below.
ECDAN: Coordination and integration within and between sectors, platforms and programs, based on the five domains of nurturing care
To achieve these goals, several regional early childhood development networks have been established around the globe including:
AKDN brings together a number of development agencies, institutions, and programmes that work in Asia and Africa. A central feature of the AKDN's approach to development is to design and implement strategies in particular settings to help those in need achieve a level of self-reliance and improve the quality of life.
ARNEC is a network established to build strong partnerships across sectors and different disciplines, organizations, agencies and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region to advance the agenda on and investment in early childhood.