GROWING GAINS: ADVANCING EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT:  A SYMPOSIUM CO-SPONSORED BY AGA KHAN FOUNDATION CANADA AND THE ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

On May 1, 2017, Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Alliance for Human Development (headquartered at the University of Toronto) co-sponsored a symposium with the theme “Growing Gains—Advancing Early Child Development”.  Aimed at advancing the integration of tested ECD approaches into global development policy and programming, the event, moderated by AKF Canada’s CEO Khalil Shariff, featured presentations by key authors on the 2016 Lancet papers (Dr. Stephen Lye, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, and Dr. Pia Riberto). 

Presentations were also made by UNICEF leadership (Dr. Ted Chaiban) and speakers from the following organizations: SickKids Research Institute (Dr. Catherine Birken), the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Dr. Shoo Lee), the Aga Khan Development Network (Dr. Kofi Marfo), the International Development Research Centre (Dr. Stephen McGurk), and Grand Challenges Canada (Dr. Karlee Silver). The symposium closed with a speech by the Honourable Jean-Yves Dulos, Canada’s Minister for Families, Children and Social Development.

IHD Director Kofi Marfo’s presentation provided an overview of AKDN contributions to integrated approaches to ECD interventions and policies. ​

Resources​​​​

Biennial  Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, Texas, USA

APRIL 6-8, 2017

Invited SRCD Salon:

Child Development in Low-Income and Conflict-Affected Countries: Policy and Research Directions

Friday, April 7, 2017, 2:15 to 3:45pm, Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G 

​Moderator: Kofi M​arfo, Aga Khan University 

Panelists: Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University &  J. Lawrence Aber, New York University.​

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Inaug​ural Conference & Launch​​

​​​Titled "​Investing in Early​ Childhood Development for a Better World​", the interdisciplinary conference attracted researchers, practitioners, policy makers, programme designers, students, governmental & non-governmental agencies, and civil society l​eaders. 

It took place on February 12-14, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya with over 200 participants from 22 countries and included the official launch of AKU's Institute for Human Development on the evening of the first day​.

IHD's director, Dr Kofi Marfo said, "Our children carry in their hands our future and our hope for a pluralistic, peaceful, harmonious, life-enriching world; we better invest to build a strong foundation to support them, or there is no future to talk about."

Download the complete programme and abstracts:

IHD Conference - Programme and Abstracts (FINAL).pdf

​​​This conference was made possible in part by a major grant from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development supporting institutional capacity-building for research on early human development.​



IH​D Colloquium Series on Research - ​Presentat​ions​

Dr Winnie Mucherah, June 2015​