Partners and Funders

global Partners

Global Initiative to Support Parents (GISP) is coordinated by five agencies: UNICEFWHOECDANParenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) at the University of Oxford, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Universal parenting support cannot be achieved without participation and engagement from governments, donors, academia, local CSOs, faith-based organizations, and other organizations around the world. Join our Call to Action to participate in the movement for universal parenting support and see a list of our partners working alongside GISP.


We would like to thank our funders for their generous contributions, who enable us to continue to seek universal parenting support at scale.

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

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.


“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.



“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.



“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.



The Lego Foundation seeks to enhance children’s learning through play with the goal of reaching 75 million children a year by 2032. The Lego Foundation works with a broad range of partners from around the globe, including parents, teachers, caregivers, policymakers, academics, businesses, grassroots organisations, NGOs, and governments to champion play as the way children learn best.

The Lego Foundation’s work supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 to “Ensure inclusive and equitable access to quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”



The United States Government envisions a world in which all children thrive within protective, loving families, free from deprivation, violence, and danger. Strengthening the capacities of children, adolescents, and the families who love and care for them is one of the best investments a country can make to eliminate extreme poverty, boost economic growth, and promote a peaceful society. Strategic investments in parents, children, and families, in all their diversity, can mitigate the effects of adversity, and produce gains to children, families, communities, and nations.