Analysis of International Aid Levels for Early Childhood Services in Crisis Contexts

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December 2020 – The Moving Minds Alliance published this research report which pulled data from two tracks: 1) development aid to countries affected by crisis, 2) humanitarian aid explicitly targeting early childhood interventions. This report is a first attempt to estimate current global funding levels towards early childhood development in crisis settings. To better understand the extent to which children and their caregivers in crisis-affected contexts are supported to survive and thrive, donors, decision-makers and advocates should push for increased transparency on, and traceability of, funding for ECD in emergencies (ECDiE). Finally, while this report provides initial insights on current funding levels, the funding need—and thus the extent of the gap—is still unknown.

The report concludes that while an absolute growth in funds is observed in recent years, the share of ECDiE within total international assistance is stagnant. Thus, the needs of millions of young children and their caregivers affected by crisis remain overlooked and underfunded.