THEORY OF CHANGE
By being at the heart of families and local communities, ECD services can be a major vehicle for social cohesion when they include essential elements outlined in our measurement framework.
High-quality ECD services are uniquely placed to engage with families and communities affected by conflict delivering much more than improved short and long-term outcomes for individual children. These services need to explicitly address peacebuilding and social cohesion in their policies and programs based upon a rigorous and comprehensive conflict analysis that sets out a systematic study of the nature, causes, actors and drivers of conflict in their context. In order to enhance relationships between individuals, groups and government institutions ECD services must be provided on an inclusive and equitable basis to all. Through improved short-term developmental outcomes leading to long term benefits for children, their families and communities, we suggest these benefits will also lead to more peaceful and sustainable societies.