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.