Blog

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

How I realised the importance of investing in early childhood

Published October 1, 2015

I am a businessman and member of Peru 2021, a non-profit civil association led by socially committed entrepreneurs to promote corporate social responsibility. A growing number of businesses in Peru… Read more

10 tips for telling the child development story in Brazil

Published September 1, 2015
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When we at FMCSV (Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation) and partners began our early childhood development initiative Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância (Center for Science of Early Childhood) in 2011, we… Read more

Helping children and families “Reach Up”: a new training package to support parents

Published August 18, 2015
Blog - Helping children and families “Reach Up”: a new training package to support parents - Bernard van Leer Foundation

There has been substantial progress in universal primary education since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established in 2000. Globally, the numbers of children entering primary school are increasing. At… Read more

Engaging fathers and empowering mothers in Turkey

Published August 6, 2015
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Earlier this summer, Father’s Day provided an opportunity to get the Turkish media talking about what role fathers should play in the upbringing of their children. Media outlets reaching all… Read more

Securing the foundation for sustainable development: towards a new era for young children and families

Published August 3, 2015
Blog - Securing the foundation for sustainable development: towards a new era for young children and families - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Research on early development and recognition of the roots of inequality grew during the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1966, The Bernard van Leer Foundation funded its first major project… Read more

A new tool to help funders coordinate and grow early childhood investments in East Africa

Published July 23, 2015
Blog - A new tool to help funders coordinate and grow early childhood investments in East Africa - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Coordinating investments is a challenge all funders face. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies… Read more

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
Blog - State of the World’s Fathers: how health providers can help fathers get more involved in early childhood - Bernard van Leer Foundation

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
Blog - Using evidence, storytelling and campaigning to improve living conditions for Roma children - Bernard van Leer Foundation

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