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Leverage: Just Another Fancy Word?

Published October 10, 2014
Leverage: Just Another Fancy Word? - blog - bernard van Leer foundation - Michael Feigelson

The president of a foundation in Europe recently shared with me a conversation she had about “strategic philanthropy” where she questioned whether the concept was anything more than the affirmation… Read more

A Dutch view on the CATS Conference in Caux, Switzerland

Published August 19, 2014
A Dutch view on the CATS Conference in Caux, Switzerland - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation - Kim van Laar

We are travelling in a small train on the final part of our journey from Amsterdam to Switzerland. Our suitcases are packed in a carriage at the front. We go… Read more

Shaping of children’s dreams at an International Platform

Published August 6, 2014
Shaping of children’s dreams at an International Platform - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Last month, with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, seven children from the slums of Odisha, India, attended the Children as Actors for Transforming Society (CATS) conference in Caux,… Read more

Investing in young children makes good business sense

Published August 1, 2014
Investing in young children makes good business sense - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

In 2007, The Lancet medical journal published an article stating that more than 200 million children under five fail to reach their potential in cognitive development because of poverty, poor… Read more

A visit to Kumi district, Uganda

Published July 16, 2014
A visit to Kumi district, Uganda - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

On a recent trip to Uganda I had the privilege of visiting Kumi district, in the east of the country. Kumi is one of three districts in Uganda where the… Read more

Accelerating the New Macho

Published June 6, 2014
Accelerating the New Macho - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

As players stride onto the pitch at the World Cup in Brazil later this month, they will enter hand-in-hand with a child. Kids have become the brand of one of… Read more

What do we know about early childhood development?

Published May 15, 2014
What do we know about early childhood development? - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

As someone who has pored over the literature on early childhood development for the last few years, I like to think I have a general grasp of the topic. However,… Read more

2014 Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Published April 29, 2014
2014 Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

At the beginning of this month I travelled with representatives from the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PFSU) to an economic summit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was held by Ready Nation/America’s… Read more

Re-imagining Learning and Play

Published April 11, 2014
Re-imagining Learning and Play - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of re-imagining learning and play -- with a group of 250 school teachers, digital designers, and play advocates brought together… Read more

The First Education Goal: Some Progress But a Long Way to Go!

Published February 20, 2014
The First Education Goal: Some Progress But a Long Way to Go! - Blog _ Bernard van Leer Foundation

The countdown for the Education for All goals is now less than two years away. Goal 1 is focused on expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially… Read more