Cases

Find out more about what we've achieved and learned through our work in various parts of the world.

Urban95 Challenge: Designing cities that support healthy child development

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Do you have an idea to improve the lives of young children in cities? How would you organise neighbourhoods, public space, green areas, housing, services and transportation? What else would… Read More

Advocating Paid Leave for New Dads

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The MenCare campaign promotes men’s participation in caregiving and fatherhood through building evidence and global advocacy on issues such as paid leave from work for new fathers. Supporting men to… Read More

Engaging Kids to Make São Paulo's Streets Safer

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Children building themselves a tyre swing in a public play space may sound like an unremarkable, everyday event rather than the stuff of headlines. But when this happened in November… Read More

Children are sanitation ambassadors in India

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Open defecation is a particular problem for young children in Indian cities such as Bhubaneswar, with unhygienic conditions spreading diarrhoea and other diseases. Women are also at risk of sexual… Read More

Improving parenting at scale through existing health workers

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Visits from community health workers have been shown to have positive effects on the health, nutrition, learning and safety of young children in Peru. The Foundation has been working in… Read More

Harvard executive program on scaling early childhood programs

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Demonstrating that a project benefits young children is one thing; delivering that model at scale, to benefit millions of children, presents different challenges altogether. The Foundation is working with Harvard… Read More

India's first smart and child friendly city

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Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, is seeking to participate in India’s mission to create “smart cities”. The Foundation is working with the city government and India’s… Read More

Building Africa's first national pre-school system in Kenya

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In the 1970s, post-independence Africa focused more on primary education than pre-school. The Foundation worked with the government of Kenya to create a national pre-school system including curriculum, materials and… Read More

Improving nutrition and parenting skills through social enterprise

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School children in the Israeli towns of Hura and Migdal Ha'Emek are eating meals provided by the Al Sanabel catering company, a social enterprise set up with the Foundation’s support. Read More

Helping cities make informed decisions on child abuse

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For authorities to tackle child abuse effectively, they first need to know the extent of the problem and how well the existing approaches are working. The Foundation supported the Netherlands… Read More