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Early Childhood Development (ECD) – The Contributions of the Aga Khan Development Network

May 2017 - Our earliest years lay critical foundations for life. Yet worldwide, 250 million children age 5 and under are not reaching their potential. For over 30 years, the Aga Khan Development Network has worked with governments and communities to ensure that young children get a better start in life. This means influencing the environment in which children are growing up so that it is supportive of their overall development. A good start means healthy pregnancy, safe delivery, nurturing bonds and proper nutrition.  It means children growing up happy, healthy, confident and caring with lots of opportunities to explore and learn.

To help build an environment that supports young children and their families, the Network undertakes activities across cultural, social and economic spheres. These include education, health care, food security and nutrition, telecommunications, power generation, water sanitation, urban parks and gardens, industrial production, job creation, workplace wellness and the arts.