Media & Events

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Jul24

Research Inequalities of the Global South and Global North

July 24, 2024

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In today’s interconnected world, the collaboration between researchers from the Global South and Global North is more essential than ever. However, significant inequalities persist, impacting the efficacy and equity of these partnerships. This webinar, titled “Research Inequalities of the Global South and Global North,” seeks to highlight these disparities and promote a dialogue on how to address them.Join us as our panelists reflect on their experiences with South-North research collaborations, highlighting the challenges they have encountered, the successes they have achieved, and their visions for the future. Key themes such as capacity building, funding sources, and equitable access to resources will be at the forefront of our discussion.
Jul23

Children in Conflict Zones: Child Protection in Emergency Situations Webinar

July 23, 2024

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Jul11

UNICEF’s Parenting Support Framework for Europe and Central Asia: Webinar

July 11, 2024

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Health Systems for Early Childhood Development
Jul11

Reclaiming Fatherhood: Navigating the Challenges of Criminal Justice and Reintegration

July 11, 2024

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Jun27

Global Parenting Townhall – Parenting Month Wrap Up

June 27, 2024

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June 1 marks Global Day of Parents, but we celebrate parents and caregivers throughout the entire month of June. To mark the end of Parenting Month, the Global Initiative to Support Parents’ coordinating partners are organizing a Global Parenting Townhall to share the exciting updates, progress, and events that have taken place throughout June. Country teams will share their parenting stories, photos, Q&As, interviews, videos, and more from throughout June to share progress and inspire others on the road to universal parent and caregiver support.
Jun24

National Parenting Month Convening – Iraq

June 24, 2024

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Jun20

Building Capacity: Success Stories to Embedding Family & Parent Leadership

June 20, 2024

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Jun11

The importance of learning through play

June 11, 2024

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Play is a powerful tool for children’s learning and development, and we are excited to celebrate its significance on the first-ever International Day of Play! Join us, together with The LEGO Foundation, for a discussion on the importance of learning through play! Our panel of presenters includes Hal Cooper discussing the development of learning through play content and parent engagement from the ParentText Kids programme, David Stern, Laetitia Christine, and Zachariah Mbasu presenting on the Early family maths programme where parents play with children to introduce math using innovative technology, and Jonathan Klapwijk, a playful learning scholar, who will reframe learning through play for older children. Discover how learning through play supports cognitive, social, and emotional growth, fosters creativity, enhances problem-solving skills, and nurtures a lifelong love for learning.
Jun5

Beliefs and Practices of Play in Parenting Programs

June 5, 2024

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Join the Playful Parenting Community for an interactive discussion on beliefs & practices around play in five distinct country contexts: Bhutan, Guatemala, Rwanda, Serbia, and Zambia. This webinar will feature five programs, discussing how the beliefs and practices of caregivers and service providers in the different countries have shaped each program’s journey to scale and vice versa. The webinar will also cover the latest implementation research findings from the programs, showcasing data on knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors around parenting and play from providers and caregivers. From phone surveys and in-depth interviews with providers to direct observations of providers’ home visiting sessions with caregivers to caregiver surveys, the presentations will be deeply grounded in a rich array of data sources.
Jun3

Global Parenting Townhall – Parenting Month Kickoff

June 3, 2024

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June 1 marks Global Day of Parents, but we celebrate parents and caregivers throughout the entire month of June. To mark the start of Parenting Month, the Global Initiative to Support Parents’ coordinating partners are organizing the second annual Global Parenting Townhall to launch resources for Parenting Month, share recent updates and resources on parenting support, and hear from country teams on their plans for Parenting Month. Country teams will be invited to share their parenting stories, photos, and videos throughout the month for a chance to be featured on the GISP website.
May22

Supporting Parent and Caregiver Wellbeing in Humanitarian Settings

May 22, 2024

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Humanitarian emergencies can adversely impact the health and well-being of both caregivers and children. While a strong, nurturing relationship with a parent or caregiver can serve as a critical buffer against the worst impacts of a crisis on children, significant threats to caregivers’ own mental health and wellbeing can hinder their capacity to positively engage with their children and provide the additional support and care needed during crises. Building on families’ existing strengths and prioritizing the well-being of parents and caregivers can profoundly influence how children of all ages experience crises and reduce negative outcomes later in life. The MHPSS Collaborative in conjunction with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), and the Global Initiative to Support Parents (GISP) are hosting a webinar on support parent and caregiver wellbeing in humanitarian settings to share evidence on the effectiveness of parent and caregiver support in humanitarian settings and showcase examples of good practice from around the world.
May20

ECC’s Annual Professional Development Institute 2024

May 20, 2024

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May16

Fathers matter, too! Supporting men’s engagement in children’s care and development

May 16, 2024

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May14

FILM SCREENING INVITE | Being family

May 14, 2024

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Join us for a special film screening and engaging discussion on the untold stories of courage, love, and the shared humanity that binds us together.
Apr30

Innovation, Partnership, and the Future of Humanitarian Response: Lessons from Ahlan Simsim

April 30, 2024

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Apr23

Activating change through young fatherhood research

April 23, 2024

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Apr15

USAID Global Education Conference

April 15, 2024

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USAID
Our gathering will be an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships, and foster networks to share collective knowledge, experience, and evidence. Together, we can achieve the commitments to goals aimed at increasing learning outcomes for all learners through resilient, accessible, and inclusive education.
Mar20

Fatherhood and Male Engagement Working Group Meeting

March 20, 2024

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Mar12

2024 Eastern Africa Early Childhood Conference – SUB-THEME 1: EMPOWERING PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, AND COMMUNITIES

March 12, 2024

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Mar11

Beliefs & Practices on Play in Bhutan & Rwanda

March 11, 2024

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Mar7

Beliefs & Practices on Play in Serbia & Zambia

March 7, 2024

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Mar5

Enhancing disability inclusivity in parenting interventions

March 5, 2024

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Feb21

LAUNCH: Evidence briefs on how parenting programmes can reduce violence against children and women

February 21, 2024

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UNICEF, Prevention Collaborative and Equimundo
Join UNICEF, the Prevention Collaborative, and Equimundo for the launch of the series: Parenting Programmes to Reduce Violence against Children and Women. Evidence shows that parent and caregiver support programmes can reduce violence against children and violence against women simultaneously. Yet, few parenting programmes intentionally address both types of violence. This new series is designed to support parenting programmes to integrate violence prevention and promote gender equality. The webinar will explore the briefs and share insights from parenting partners who are working to reduce family violence.
Oct25

Transforming Children’s Care Webinar #16 – Making an Investment Case for Family Care: Recent Experience from Moldova

October 25, 2023

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Transforming Children’s Care Collaborative
The Republic of Moldova has been on a fifteen-year journey of moving from a social welfare system based on residential care for children to one centered around family care. There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of children in residential care, from some 17,000 before 2000 to less than 700 today. Concurrently, progress has been made in developing new laws, policies, and standards to promote family care, including the establishment of models of alternative family care. A minimum package of care services (MPS) has been established, by law, with a focus on supporting families and preventing separation and violence. However, there are many systemic areas that are largely undeveloped, and the current humanitarian crisis in the country has made reform of Moldova’s care system an urgent priority. Resources for strengthening the system must be sought domestically and externally to secure the future of Moldova’s children. Informed by recent evidence highlighting the risks that contribute to family separation—and the services that can address the risks, budget reviews and financial assessments that highlighted the cost effectiveness of community and family-based services compared to residential care, and responding to the opportunities created by Moldova’s EU accession efforts, UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care Initiative (CTWWC), and leading civil society organizations from Moldova combined efforts to make an investment case for family care. The webinar will provide a detailed overview of recent efforts and investment case documents produced by care reform stakeholders in Moldova to support the government and collective advocacy for increased investments in a more child-centered social welfare system in Moldova.
Oct12

3-Hour Training: Introduction to Setting Up Safe Healing Spaces for Climate and Conflict Affected Communities

October 12, 2023

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Amna
This is a free, 3-hour online training that introduces organisations, frontline practitioners, and volunteers to core theory and skills required to provide safe psychosocial support services for communities affected by severe forms of adversity such as war, forced displacement, natural disasters and climate emergencies. Participants will reflect on the impact of stress and trauma on the wellbeing of the affected communities and will be introduced to tools that promote grounding and healing in emergencies. Live interpretation in Arabic, Armenian or other languages is available upon request.
Jul27

Optimising Engagement for a Digital Parenting Intervention in Tanzania

July 27, 2023

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Global Parenting Initiative
Violence against children and adolescents is a pervasive global problem, but it is particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries. Parenting interventions have shown promise in reducing violence, but in-person interventions are often expensive and inaccessible to at-risk families. Digital interventions present a scalable and cost-effective alternative, yet engaging families is a substantial challenge. Join us for a webinar exploring the study design, implementation, and findings of a 2x2x2 factorial trial for the optimisation of engagement in ParentApp for Teens, an open-source digital parenting intervention implemented in Tanzania. This is the first known cluster randomised factorial trial for a digital parenting intervention in a low- and middle-income country, so don’t miss the chance to learn more about this innovative programme in this unique setting!
Jul6

Online launch – Harnessing Technology: a review of digital tools supporting parents and the early childhood workforce

July 6, 2023

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Bernard van Leer Foundation and Research for Development (R4D)
The Bernard van Leer Foundation and Research for Development (R4D) will be launching on July 6th, 2pm CET a new knowledge resource “Harnessing Technology: a review of digital tools supporting parents and the early childhood workforce” presenting the latest insights into current technology-enabled tools designed to support the parents, caregivers, and the early childhood workforce of children ages 0 to 5 worldwide. Digital tools have become increasingly prevalent in supporting early childhood development (ECD) globally, representing a great potential to reach a wider audience and improve access and quality of support to young children. The report focuses on their features, objectives, and current practices, as well as key success factors, and design, implementation, and dissemination challenges. The report also includes an interactive database showcasing 23 unique digital tools and features, as well as four case studies on partnership, adaptation, user engagement, and monitoring and evaluation.
Join us for the global launch on 6 July featuring a presentation of the findings and discussion with the report contributors.
Jul4

Parenting support for the mental health and wellbeing of children and parents

July 4, 2023

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UNICEF
This webinar explores how we can support parental mental health and parenting skills to ensure optimal parent-child interactions and children’s development, as well as strategies to promote mental health in early childhood. UNICEF’S vision for elevating parenting will be also presented, including the three elements of support for parenting and the pyramid of parenting support.
Jun28

Pathways to Scaling Playful Parenting Support: Enablers and Barriers to Scale Up

June 28, 2023

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Jun28

Playful Parenting Community of Practice Webinar

June 28, 2023

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ECDAN
The Playful Parenting Community is a consortium of partners implementing and researching playful parenting programs moving to scale internationally, convened by the LEGO Foundation. Our community includes Save the Children in Bhutan; Child Fund in Guatemala; the Boston College Research Program on Children and Adversity & FXB/Rwanda in Rwanda; UNICEF in Serbia and Zambia; and FHI 360 as a research & learning partner.

Join us in a conversation on our journey over the past three years, as we discuss the drivers and barriers to scale-up in distinct country contexts, the nuances of what it means to parent playfully across cultures, and the pathways pursued by each partner, from the types of service providers selected to how government is engaged at multiple levels and the modalities used to reach families.
Jun27

Global Initiative to Support Parents Parenting Townhall

June 27, 2023

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Jun20

Parenting Month Panel: Supporting Parents in Crisis and Humanitarian Contexts

June 20, 2023

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May24

Promoting Playful Parenting

May 24, 2023

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Dec6

Asia Webinar Series On Supporting Parents and Caregivers #2

December 6, 2022

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WHO, GISP partners, and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)
The Asia Webinar Series on Supporting Parents and Caregivers was organized by GISP and ARNEC. The first webinar, which took place on 24 November, featured case studies on parenting support initiatives across Asia. The second webinar on 6 December included working groups on different topics in parenting support across the region.
Nov24

Asia Webinar Series on Supporting Parents and Caregivers #1: Evidence From Countries

November 24, 2022

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WHO, GISP partners, and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)
WHO, GISP partners, and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) The Asia Webinar Series on Supporting Parents and Caregivers was organized by GISP and ARNEC. The first webinar, which took place on 24 November, featured case studies on parenting support initiatives across Asia. The second webinar on 6 December included working groups on different topics in parenting support across the region.
Nov22

Building the Blocks: Supporting Parents in Early Childhood Care and Education

November 22, 2022

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GISP and Partners
On 14 November, GISP and partners hosted a parallel session on Building the Blocks: Supporting Parents in Early Childhood Care and Education as part of the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education organized by UNESCO in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The session featured speakers from multiple countries and partners on the importance and value of ensuring support for parents in early childhood. Increasing access to evidence-based parenting support programs for all parents and caregivers was also included as a member state commitment of the Tashkent Declaration and Commitments to Action for Transforming Early Childhood Care and Education.
Oct13

Regional Consultation to Support Parents for Early Childhood Development and Adolescent Health in Southeast Asia – Day 2

October 13, 2022

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WHO, GISP partners, and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)
From 12-13 October, GISP and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) hosted a Regional Consultation to Support Parents for Early Childhood Development and Adolescent Health in Southeast Asia in New Delhi, India and online. The consultation featured presentations from nine countries in the subregion and discussions on policies and platforms for supporting parents.
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Oct12

Regional Consultation to Support Parents for Early Childhood Development and Adolescent Health in Southeast Asia – Day 1

October 12, 2022

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WHO, GISP partners, and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)
From 12-13 October, GISP and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) hosted a Regional Consultation to Support Parents for Early Childhood Development and Adolescent Health in Southeast Asia in New Delhi, India and online. The consultation featured presentations from nine countries in the subregion and discussions on policies and platforms for supporting parents.
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Oct5

Latin America and the Caribbean Virtual Regional Meeting on Supporting Parents and Caregivers to Improve the Health, Development, and Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents

October 5, 2022

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WHO, GISP partners, and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
The Latin America and the Caribbean Virtual Regional Meeting on Supporting Parents and Caregivers to Improve the Health, Development, and Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents took place on 5-6 October (for English-speaking countries) and on 5 & 7 October (for Spanish-speaking countries), organized by GISP and PAHO.
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Sep21

First Things First: Invest in Early Childhood and Parenting in Emergencies

September 21, 2022

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UNICEF and Sesame Workshop
On 21 September, UNICEF and Sesame workshop hosted a high-level UN General Assembly (UNGA) side event focusing on promoting global investments in parenting support and early childhood development programs, particularly in crisis-affected areas. First Things First: Investing in Early Childhood and Parenting in Emergencies brought together participants from UNICEF, Sesame Workshop, the LEGO Foundation, the Government of Jordan, Universidad de los Andes, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra.
Jun21

African Regional Convening to Support Parents and Caregivers

June 21, 2022

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WHO, GISP partners, and the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN)
Africa Regional Convening to Support Parents and Caregivers took place from 21-23 June, organized by GISP and the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN), and featured evidence and advocacy and parenting support across Africa in English, French, and Portuguese.
May25

Fatherhood Technical Help Chat

May 25, 2022

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May25

Technical Help Chat: Engaging Fathers in Early Childhood Development & Participatory Parenting

May 25, 2022

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ECDAN, UNICEF, Promundo, Plan International, Aga Khan University
Promoting fathers’ engagement in Early Childhood Development is good for young children, domestic partners, communities, and is good for the fathers themselves. But yet participatory fatherhood is still a global challenge we face today. On the 25th of May, as we mark the 25th anniversary of Promundo, we invite global partners to join ECDAN, Promundo, Plan International, Aga Khan University and UNICEF in a technical help chat to tackle the challenges on evolving fatherhood in care and to share global strategies in place today.
May24

The Global Initiative to Support Parents Working Group on Fatherhood – Challenges of Participatory Caregiving and Universal Support to Fathers Webinar

May 24, 2022

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May4

Challenges of Participatory Caregiving & Universal Support to Fathers

May 4, 2022

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ECDAN, UNICEF, Promundo, International Step by Step Association (ISSA), African Early Childhood Network (AfECN), Aga Khan University, MenCare
Men’s involvement in caregiving benefits mothers, can prevent violence against women and children, and has positive impacts on family well-being. This webinar is the launch of the Working Group on Fatherhood as part of the Global Initiative to Support Parents.
Mar1

High-Level Dialogue: Domestic Action and Global Leadership to End Violence Against Children

March 1, 2022

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End Violence Partnership, Government of Japan
On 1 March 2023, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and End Violence Partnership hosted the High-Level Dialogue ‘Domestic Action and Global Leadership to End Violence Against Children’. Convening in-person in New York and online, this dialogue provided a space to share progress on international collaboration as well as domestic action for SDG 16.2 and discuss what is needed to accelerate progress to end violence in 2023 and beyond. The discussion by the speakers explored the state of progress in the face of intersecting crises, the importance of supporting parents and caregivers and the need and mechanisms for international cooperation, such as the delivery of the G7 Action Plan on child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Jun28

Global Support for Parents: A Call to Action

June 28, 2021

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UNICEF, WHO, ECDAN, End Violence Partnership, Parenting for Lifelong Health
On 28 June, nearly 500 individuals joined the launch of the Global Initiative to Support Parents – and the Call to Action– to push for increased support for parents, caregivers, and families across the world. At the event, several high-level leaders spoke in support of the initiative, including Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization; Henrietta H Fore, the Executive Director of UNICEF; Dr Howard Taylor, the Executive Director of the End Violence Partnership; Dr Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC International; and many others.
Jun14

Technical Help Chat: Building the capacity of frontline workers to deliver Playful Parenting

June 14, 2021

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