Blog

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

A mobile app to measure how children experience violence

Published July 9, 2015

Children’s perceptions of violence are an essential input when it comes to designing, implementing and monitoring prevention policies and programmes. However, their views and experiences are rarely collected systematically, especially… Read more

State of the World’s Fathers: how health providers can help fathers get more involved in early childhood

Published June 19, 2015
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This week marks the release of the first-ever State of the World’s Fathers report, an advocacy publication of the MenCare campaign. The report highlights research, policies, and programme examples regarding… Read more

A social business that empowers Bedouin women, delivers delicious hot meals to Bedouin children and makes money

Published April 30, 2015

The Israeli government has asked BvLF partner AJEEC-NISPED to roll out its Al-Sanabel school catering business nationwide in 2015. It continues the remarkable success story of a social enterprise that… Read more

Using evidence, storytelling and campaigning to improve living conditions for Roma children

Published April 9, 2015
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Fighting discrimination is a long journey marked by many small steps. An example: in April 2014, Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino banned the use of “nomad” – a word that was… Read more

Putting the ‘Personal’ back into Parenting

Published March 30, 2015

When I started working at the Foundation a year ago, my first task was to assist in the preparation of the publication Early Childhood Matters. The topic chosen for the… Read more

Time for Child Care: The Need to Improve Access to Quality Care is Long Overdue

Published March 12, 2015
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Twenty years ago the historic UN Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 brought together delegates from 189 nations around a platform of action that called for… Read more

Mam, ik sta op het weblog! – 21e eeuwse vaardigheden op de basisschool

Published March 5, 2015
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Gisteren zat ik in de trein te sms-en met mijn smartfoon. De conducteur kwam langs en zei: ‘Ik typ precies zoals als u, met één vinger’. ‘Ja’, antwoordde ik, ‘ik… Read more

Mom, I’m on the blog! – 21st century skills at primary school

Published March 5, 2015
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Yesterday, as I was sending a text on the train, the conductor said ‘I type the exact same way as you, with one finger.’ I replied: ‘I’m always jealous of… Read more

Inaugural conference of the Institute for Human Development, Nairobi

Published February 25, 2015

Earlier this month I visited Nairobi to attend the launch of the Institute for Human Development, a new centre of excellence that will build capacity and drive innovation in research… Read more

Calling for a two generation approach to child development

Published February 13, 2015
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Over the years there has been a long standing recognition that child development is influenced by conditions facing families and in turn families are influenced by the community around them. Read more