In a time of recurring violent conflict and societal shocks, it is vital to invest in long-term solutions that will end cycles of violence, build strong foundations for sustainable development and social cohesion and promote a “culture of peace”.
Recent UN Peace and Security reports and the UN ‘Sustaining Peace’ Resolutions’ urge all United Nations agencies to contribute to sustaining peace. Although the international community recognizes that social services can contribute to restoring peace and stability there is currently limited understand of how early childhood development (ECD) services can support the prevention of violence and the promotion of peace.
How early childhood development services promote equality and economic productivity
The purpose of this brief is to 1) demonstrate the societal risks that result when early childhood development (ECD) services are lacking and 2) show how ECD services contribute to sustaining peace through social cohesion, equality and economic productivity (Donaldson et al, 2017).
This ECPC background paper on which the ECPC brief is based, summarizes and combines evidence from developmental psychology, health and nutrition, with lessons learned from the peacebuilding and social services administration sectors. The paper will help practitioners appreciate how ECD services can prevent and mitigate conflict between individuals and among groups (Donaldson et al, 2018).
Knowledge brokering: Translating ECD research into policy & practice | Yale, Empatico, ACEV, UNICEF
Building Brains, Building Futures | Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF