It began when UNICEF and the World Bank Group launched the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) at the flagship World Bank Spring Meetings event, “Smart Beginnings for Economies on the Rise,” in April 2016, marking a milestone moment for young children. 

 In June 2016, more than 80 key partners representing UN agencies (ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, and WHO), the World Bank, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), foundations, private sector, ECD regional networks, academics, think tanks and related global initiatives met to discuss and advance  plans to establish ECDAN. They agreed that ECDAN will catalyze action at scale to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for young children.

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Knowledge Exchange

Six Task Forces (100+ organizations) developed recommendations on global public good.

To support knowledge Exchange developed and disseminated case studies, editorials, and technical papers.

Co-developed the Nurturing Care Framework with WHO, UNICEF, WBG, & PMNCH.

Organized and hosted webinars; conference presentations; and networking events.

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Collaboration & Coherence

Key sectoral partnerships (7) convened for the first time around ECD; consultations on how ECDAN can support ECD agenda within sectors.

Countries started to create, test, and refine planning for action at scale, providing the building blocks for ECDAN’s approach to engaging with other interested countries.

Coordination with regional networks on ECD.

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Advocacy & Communication

Co-organized high-level advocacy event on ECD at the 2017 UNGA with UNICEF, WBG, and other partnerships.

Co-organized launch of the Nurturing Care Framework at the 2018 WHA with WHO, UNICEF, WBG, and other partners.

ECDAN platform used for communication with ECD partners through newsletters, key events, webinars, and other opportunities.

Facilitated global consultations on ECD issues (e.g. investment benchmarking, Nurturing Care Framework, ECDAN mission).

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