Human Development Programme (HDP)
The Human Development Programme on the Karachi campus predated the Institute. It was established in 2003 to fulfill the same mission that the Institute, of which it is now a part, was founded to accomplish. Applying an integrated approach to education, health, nutrition and stimulation in the early years, HDP aims to provide the support needed to promote holistic child development by enhancing physical, cognitive, social and emotional abilities of children to help them become healthy competent individuals participating productively and effectively in their societies. HDP is determined to promote better development of future generations. With our educational and community-based programmes we aim to build the capacity of professionals, parents and communities to provide the strong foundation and learning opportunities necessary to ensure a good start in life for every child.
The Science of Early Child Development (SECD)
SECD is a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to make current research accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the profound impact of early life (from conception to about age eight) on lifelong health and wellbeing. It is a tool to help share the emerging science about early brain development and overview of cross-disciplinary developmental health research and links to practice. It is media-rich resource that brings the voices of researchers’ right into the classroom with concepts enhanced by examples of innovative programs for children and families from around the world.
The preparation of future generations of researchers and the internal capacity to do so within local institutions of higher education remain a critical need in many countries of the Majority World. Decades of inadequate governmental investments in basic and applied research in institutions of higher education have stifled capacity building toward the development of research talent for the future. This problem is exacerbated by the reality that lack of institutional research infrastructure, poor remuneration, and lowered morale, among other factors, are driving promising scholars to either seek greener pastures abroad or turn to non-scholarly consulting and other salary supplemental activities at home.