Opportunity 4: Implementation Experience


Simple, powerful lessons from Colombia

I recently participated in a meeting of the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (IYCG), in Addis Ababa. For me, the stand-out presentation was by Constanza Alarcon from the Office of the President in Colombia.  She described how the […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015

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aeioTu: an example of an Early Childhood Development social franchise in South America

aeioTu has designed a high-quality and comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) package for 0-5 year old children in Colombia, with the specific aim of increasing ECD service provision to low income families.  In this learning brief they offer useful ideas on programme design […]

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Posted on 19 February 2015

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The DG Murray Trust Early Thinking Project: Developing early thinking with Philosophy for Children

Reflective thinking is important for democracies and society in general, but even more so in seriously polarised societies such as South Africa – where communities are still divided and where violence is common in dealing with social conflict.  The ability […]

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Posted on 2 June 2014

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National Association of Child Care Workers: Development of a Service Delivery Model for Community Based Professional Child and Youth Care Services

The care of Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) is an ongoing challenge in South Africa and the Isibindi “Circle of Courage” child and youth care model has been specifically developed by NACCW as a comprehensive community-based response to this […]

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Posted on 4 March 2014

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Scaling upwards and outwards – “Franchising” early childhood development projects

HIPPY SA needed to devise a scalability strategy that could achieve growth without compromising quality. They then stumbled across the term ‘Social Franchising’ which in their words “means that by systematically codifying the core elements of the programme, and then […]

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Posted on 31 May 2013

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Improving children’s developmental outcomes through the Community Work Programme

The government’s Community Work Programme (CWP) provides regular, predictable part-time employment in communities where poverty is deep, endemic, and intractable, and where sustainable livelihoods are difficult to maintain. According to the early childhood development programme, ITEC, a percentage of CWP […]

Posted on 31 January 2013

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How to develop a crèche in a poor and marginalised area

In this learning brief the Ekukhanyeni Relief Project describes the process of registering with the Department of Social Development (DSD) as a Place of Care to allow them to access enabling grants. There seems to be an either/or situation where […]

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Posted on 31 January 2013

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Thinking about the Early Child: Ububele’s community-based child care workers

There is abundant, high quality international and local research which provides compelling evidence of the long-term benefits of Early Childhood Development (ECD) to individuals, families, communities and societies. Ububele’s ‘Thinking about the Early Child’ programme is designed for people who, […]

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Posted on 10 February 2012

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Growth Sparks by Ilifa Labantwana

Ilifa Labantwana is a multi-donor partnership to support integrated early childhood development (ECD). Specifically the project aims to increase access to, and improve the quality of ECD for children in under-served communities; and to support South African policy implementation of […]

Posted on 11 October 2011

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Which Math Materials Improve Teaching and Learning?

Very poor teaching of numeracy and mathematics in South African primary schools is a serious problem. JET Education Services did research to establish whether workbooks were more effective than standard maths textbooks in improving numeracy. They share their findings and […]

Posted on 11 October 2011

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