Originally written by Lauren Galvin, Nilupa Gunaratna, Ramya Ambikapathi, experts with Devex
As global development experts with decades of experience, it was hard for us to believe we hadn’t crossed paths sooner. But the silos of gender, early childhood development, and nutrition across our sector can mean that proven approaches are not merged to deliver effective multi-input programs that address multiple early childhood outcomes and common risk factors.
Globally, 250 million children are at risk of not meeting their developmental potential in the first five years of life, with significant long-term consequences for future health, learning, and economic productivity. With funding support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, we aimed to break down those barriers and test bundled interventions with the potential to improve early childhood nutrition and development, as well as household gender equality.