Leadership and operations

Structure of GISP

GISP is a platform serving the global parenting community. It emerged from the vision of the founding partners and continues to evolve to reflect the needs of its growing, global network of partners, funders, and stakeholders.

Global Initiative to Support Parents (GISP)|Leadership and operations

Coordinating partners

Working groups

The coordinating partners are represented in the working groups that support achieving GISP’s objectives.  There are currently three working groups that meet regularly, namely the Technical Working Group, the Advocacy Working Group, and the Communications Working Group.

Donor Advisory Group

In addition to funders that have provided support to GISP projects, our Donor Advisory Group provides feedback and strategic discussion on recent developments in parent and caregiver support worldwide. 

If you are a funder who is interested in joining our Donor Advisory Group, please contact us at info@support-parents.org.

Regional Teams

Regional teams promote universal access to parenting and caregiver support in each region. They address regional issues and work with governments, civil society partners, researchers, and donors to advance parenting support in the region. Find more information on our regional convenings and the evidence on parent and caregiver support within each region here.


“We know from research that responsive and nurturing care helps children throughout their lifetimes, including physical, social and emotional developments. It is absolutely critical to invest in parent and caregiver support through evidence-based interventions, inter-agency collaboration, education and advocacy to ensure children can benefit from the many positive gains from effective interventions.”

-Shekufeh Zonji, Global Technical Lead at ECDAN

ECDAN catalyzes collective action on behalf of young children and their families around the world by connecting with global and regional partners, facilitating knowledge exchange and learning, and coordinating advocacy for increased investment for quality services.

Through its multisectoral and multi-stakeholder platform ECDAN seeks to catalyze action at scale to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for young children.



“Parenting for Lifelong Health is delighted to be partnering with Global Initiative to Support Parents (GISP) colleagues on this new website which will support our mutual aim of scaling up evidence-based, freely available parenting solutions for every parent, everywhere.”

-Dr Jamie Lachman, Director of Parenting for Lifelong Health at the University of Oxford 

Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) is a suite of open access, non-commercialised parenting programmes to prevent violence in low-resource settings. This suite of programmes has a key goal of preventing child maltreatment and involvement in other forms of violence. It also shows benefits in improving parent-child relationships, enhancing security of child attachment, and of child cognitive and socio-emotional development, reducing family mental health distress, increasing family economic resilience, and reducing substance use.

These programmes have been developed and rigorously tested through a collaboration between WHO, Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the universities of Oxford, Bangor and Reading in the United Kingdom, and UNICEF. Training in the PLH programmes is led by various NGOs.



“Parental home from 0–3 years is the most impactful learning environment for the child. Children have a deep connection with a parent for learning, safety, and love, and when it’s not present, they interpret it as a threat. The parenting program is a very doable intervention that has amazing evidence of having an impact on promoting nurturing care, playful parenting, and learning, as well as breaking the intergenerational transmission of trauma. The role of GISP is to globally advocate for universal access to parenting and to support governments and community-based organizations in gathering evidence, conducting research, and scaling up parenting interventions. Parenting programs should be universally available.”

-Benjamin Perks, Head of Advocacy at UNICEF

UNICEF works to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents, and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across more than 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality education and skill building, HIV prevention and treatment for mothers and babies, and the protection of children and adolescents from violence and exploitation.



“Our research showed that just a quarter of all 157 countries surveyed said they are reaching all parents who need support. As a partner of GISP, WHO is committed to advancing access to parenting interventions that can lead to substantial gains in lifelong health, safety, and wellbeing of children.”

-Sabine Rakotomalala, Technical Officer, Prevention of Violence Unit at WHO

WHO leads global efforts to expand universal health coverage and to promote healthier lives – from pregnancy care through old age. WHO has initiated, partnered and collaborated in multiple initiatives to strengthen support, care and health services provided to children across the life course. Efforts also include collaborating with international agencies and organizations to reduce and eliminate violence against children globally, through initiatives such as the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, Together for Girls and the Violence Prevention Alliance.