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

Habitat III: outcomes and future opportunities for children

Published November 22, 2016

Launched at Habitat III, the New Urban Agenda – an inclusive, action-oriented, and concise policy document intended to guide the next twenty years of sustainable urban development – holds significant… Read more

Helping parents in the Netherlands to keep all their plates spinning

Published November 17, 2016

With only a simple technique using a small stick, Chinese acrobats have been performing the tradition of “plate spinning”. Acrobats are challenged to hold up as many spinning plates as… Read more

"Smiley Brick": an initiative to brand child-friendly brick kilns

Published November 7, 2016

A smiley is a symbol that represents a smiling face, typically used to indicate emotion. As per Smithsonian, the smiley face as we know it today was created by Harvey… Read more

What happened when Neha, 14, attended the Habitat III conference

Published November 2, 2016

Namaskar! I am Neha, a 14-year-old girl from a slum in Narela in India’s capital New Delhi. I am one of the six child leaders of Humara Bachpan Campaign who… Read more

How we made the documentary 'The Beginning of Life'

Published October 25, 2016
Documentary 'The Beginning of Life' - Bernard van Leer Foundation

I’m part of a team of filmmakers who believe in the power of films to transform the world. With that mission, we begin every film we make by asking ourselves:… Read more

Beyond Urgency: The Need to Support Young Children Living Through Conflict

Published September 27, 2016

A recent commentary published by The Lancet confirmed the unfortunate truth that children continue to disproportionately bear the physical and psychological burden of conflict. War and violence not only put… Read more

A trip to remember – My experience of Surabaya, Indonesia

Published September 14, 2016

I am Malathy Yadav, a child Advocate from Gautam Nagar slum in Mumbai. Recently I was selected to participate in the third session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of the… Read more

Whole Family Approaches: Reaching Parents and Children Together

Published September 13, 2016

One of the first principles that one learns in studying child development is the importance of an ecological approach. This approach assumes that child development is most directly influenced by… Read more

"Mini Thinktank" explores refugee children's needs in the Netherlands

Published September 8, 2016

According to Rien van Gendt: “The Netherlands has a unique foundation landscape, in which most foundations have moved from traditional grantmaking to strategic philanthropy, characterised by a focus on impact… Read more

Marking a New Era for Young Children and Families Around the World: Early Childhood Matters 2016

Published July 25, 2016

September is the first anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals. For the early childhood field, it has been a year filled with activity: new champions for young children have emerged,… Read more