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

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

'All Eyes Are on the United States', Lisa Jordan's New Blog for The Huffington Post

Published July 30, 2013

Will we or will we not invest in our youngest citizens? In February, President Obama announced his landmark Early Learning Initiative that would provide high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds, invest… Read more

Condom Companies Should Focus on Violence Against Women

Published May 13, 2013

Michael Porter and Mark Kramer famously coined the phrase “shared value” to describe companies’ efforts to embed a social agenda within their core business. This trend is particularly welcome in… Read more

Prison through the eyes of a child

Published May 10, 2013

Born in Poland, living in England, Sarah was six years old when she went on holiday to France with her mother and her mother’s new boyfriend. The police stopped their… Read more

“Spaces, Places and Situations to Live Well, Happily and in Harmony Together.” - Rights and Well-Being of Roma children

Published May 2, 2013

Roma children’s dreams and actions for a better future in an extremely difficult context, in Rome, Italy. Since February 2012, the Bernard van Leer supported SA’R SAN Project is working… Read more

The Business of Play

Published April 23, 2013

Peru is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, making it an appropriate home for this week's "Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies" conference, organized by the World Economic Forum in… Read more