The latest news about the Bernard van Leer Foundation, our partners and the issues we work on.

Why walking is so good for parents, toddlers and the cities where they live

Published November 8, 2016

In 1950, 30 percent of the world’s people lived in cities. Today, that figure is 50 percent. By 2050, nearly 7 in 10 will live in cities. Read the rest… Read more

Child-friendly Bhubaneswar a World Smart City Awards finalist

Published November 7, 2016

According to The Times of India, Bhubaneswar has been selected as a finalist in the World Smart City Awards, becoming the first Indian city to compete on this global stage. Read more

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

Published November 7, 2016

Read a new blog by Aide et Action on the "smiley brick" initiative in India. Bricks are being stamped with smileys to show that they originate from a kiln which… Read more

New report from the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years

Published November 4, 2016

A new report, Early Childhood Education and Services for all, shares policy recommendations emerging from the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY), an international project convened by the King… Read more

Selim Iltus Memorial Fund to continue work on children's living conditions

Published November 4, 2016

The Graduate Center of the City University New York (CUNY) has established the Selim Iltus Memorial Fund for Doctoral Research to continue work begun by our colleague Selim Iltus, who… Read more

New study maps risk factors for child stunting

Published November 2, 2016

What risk factors are associated with child stunting in developing countries? Read about a new Canadian-funded study conducted by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, part… Read more

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

Published November 2, 2016

Find out what Neha, a 14 year old girl from a New Delhi slum, made of flying to Quito for the UN Habitat III conference. Read more

Blog: How we made the documentary ‘The Beginning of Life’

Published October 26, 2016

Read a new blog by movie director and writer Estela Renner about the making of the documentary The Beginning of Life. Read more

Journalists invited to apply for training on covering early childhood (closed)

Published October 20, 2016

Are you a journalist who would like to be better prepared to report knowledgeably on policies and programmes centred on early childhood development? The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma… Read more

Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally meets in Abidjan

Published October 19, 2016

The ninth and final Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (iYCG) will be held in Abidjan on October 20 and 21, on the theme of Innovations in Investing in… Read more