Read the selected insights, thoughts and experiences of our staff and partners.

Celebrating the launch of the General Comment on play

Published November 7, 2013

September 30, 2013 was a special day in Geneva. That day, representatives from the UN Committee on the rights of the Child, NGO’s, and play advocates all gathered together in… Read more

"The company we keep”

Published October 23, 2013

Once again I had a great chance to enjoy the company and exchange thoughts on early childhood with many inspiring and influential people in their field. At this year's National… Read more

BvLF-funded research into violence sparks media debate in Brazil

Published October 16, 2013

“Research shows that 68% of children in favela communities suffer at home”, read the headline above the article in ‘O Globo’ newspaper . “In Rio, 60% of parents in favelas… Read more

Play is powerful

Published October 14, 2013

If you observe young children you can see they are little scientists, exploring the world and trying out different things, breaking things and putting them back together. Or, at least,… Read more

5 Reasons why Businesses are Investing in Young Children

Published October 1, 2013

While attending ReadyNation’s 2013 National Business Leader Summit in Atlanta, at which senior business people voiced their support for more investment in the young children of the United States, I… Read more

Early Childhood and Peace

Published October 1, 2013

Dr Pia Britto has been in post for only six months as Senior Adviser in the Early Childhood Development Unit at UNICEF, and she is already shaking up the field. Read more

Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund: Second round of grants awarded

Published October 1, 2013

The Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund has announced the results of its second round of funding. From 252 concept notes submitted in response to a call for propoals in… Read more

Making Children a Priority on Grandparents Day and Every Day

Published September 10, 2013

What do former president George W. Bush, Prince Charles and country singer Garth Brooks have in common? All have become first-time grandparents since we celebrated Grandparents Day last September. They… Read more

Can Children Transform Society? A five day’s journey through Children’s Participation

Published August 14, 2013

Advocates have spent many years promoting children’s participation, but good practice remains fragmented. We need to create a community of practice to consolidate and share lessons about rights-based participation in… Read more

Why should other Foundations join the EFC/ Forum for Roma Inclusion

Published August 7, 2013

Estimated at 10 – 12 million, the Roma1 is the largest ethnic minority in Europe, comparable in size to the population of Belgium or Portugal. It is a young and… Read more