Moving Minds Alliance

September 2019 Newsletter

A quarterly compilation of the latest news and resources on early childhood in crisis and displacement
In this issue
Featured Resources
Additional Resources
Webinars & Multimedia

News Digest
Events & Opportunities


Source: Erica Wong/UNICEF

Calling for Urgent Investment in the Early Years at the UN

Moving Minds Alliance, Aug 2019
Moving Minds co-hosted a side event in July 2019 during the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York. It brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including UNICEF and other partners, all highlighting the transformative potential of ECD and the risks of inaction. Read the event summary > 
See the keynote slides by Prof. Charles Nelson >
Source: StoryScope & Minds Eye Creative

Animation: Responding to the ECEC Needs of Children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe and North America

Transatlantic Forum on the Early Years, Aug 2019
An animation presenting the findings of a nine-country study on early childhood policies and practices designed to serve young children of refugees and asylum seekers published by the Migration Policy Institute in 2018. Watch the video >  Read the study >
Source: Moving Minds Alliance

How Investing in the Early Years Contributes to the Global Goals

Early Childhood Peace Consortium, Moving Minds, Open Society Foundations, Refugee Trauma Initiative, UNICEF, Jul 2019
A joint blog post highlighting the multiplier effect of early childhood development for the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the blog post >
Source: Andrew Oberstad/IRC

Moving Minds to Mobilize Support for Young Children in Crisis

LEGO Foundation, Jun 2019
Published on World Refugee Day, this blog post by Moving Minds Manager Mari Ullmann explains the importance of strategic partnerships to address the unmet needs of young children and those who care for them. Read the blog post >

Featured Resources

Source: Save the Children

Unprotected: Crisis in humanitarian funding for child protection

Save the Children, Jul 2019
Undertaken on behalf of The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and the Child Protection Area of Responsibility, this study finds that on average, a mere 0.5% of total humanitarian funding is allocated to child protection activities. Read the report >
Source: UNICEF

Yemen: Parenting in a War Zone Series

UNICEF Yemen, Jun 2019
One woman and six newborns die every two hours in Yemen from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. A series of four short snapshots describes the mounting costs of war in Yemen on the lives of mothers and newborns. Read the series >
Source: Physicians for Human Rights/AFP Getty Images/Guillermo Arias

“There Is No One Here to Protect You” Trauma Among Children Fleeing Violence in Central America

Physicians for Human Rights, Jun 2019
Findings from more than 180 physical and psychological evaluations of children seeking asylum in the US document that children are fleeing severe forms of harm that may amount to persecution. Read the report >
Source: WHO/J. Brouwer

New WHO prevalence estimates of mental disorders in conflict settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The Lancet, Jun 2019
New WHO estimates reveal there are many more people living with mental disorders in areas affected by conflict than previously thought. One person in five is living with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression or anxiety to psychosis. Read the paper > 
Source: Peter Caton/Save the Children

Surviving Day One: Caring for Mothers and Newborns in Humanitarian Emergencies on the Day of Childbirth

IAWG on Reproductive Health in Crisis, May 2019
This advocacy report calls for increased focus on care for the mother-baby dyad during childbirth in humanitarian settings. Read the report >

Fatal Journeys Volume 4: Missing Migrant Children

International Organization for Migration, May 2019
This report discusses why it is often difficult to find data on missing migrants disaggregated by age. It explores what measures could be taken to improve data, to help improve policy options, and to prevent these tragedies from occurring. Read the report >
Source: Cihan Özdamar/Bernard van Leer Foundation

Early Childhood Matters 2019

Bernard van Leer Foundation, May 2019
Guest edited by Joan Lombardi, this issue includes 32 articles that explore how young children and their caregivers can be supported in diverse areas, including in displacement and crisis. Read the issue >

Additional Resources

Inclusive early childhood care and education: background paper prepared for the International Forum on inclusion and equity in education UNESCO and Open Society Foundations, Sep 2019

Beyond Survival: Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh Want to Learn UNICEF Bangladesh, Aug 2019

Providing Care for Children in Immigrant Families American Academy of Pediatrics, Aug 2019

Gender Discrimination and Childhood Statelessness UNHCR et al., Aug 2019

Protecting children in conflicts and crises: March 2018 - May 2019 End Violence Against Children, Aug 2019

Venezuelan Migration and the Border Health Crisis in Colombia and Brazil Journal on Migration and Human Security, Aug 2019

Child Protection & EU Funding for migrant populations in Greece: A reality check and the way forward European Parliament Liaison Office, Aug 2019

Should states prioritize child refugees? Ethics & Global Politics, Aug 2019

The Role of Rights-based Social Work in Contemporary Latin American Diasporas: The Case of Venezuelan Migrant Children Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, Aug 2019

Keeping the promise: ending violence against children by 2030 UN SRSG on Violence Against Children, Jul 2019

Family Strengthening: A collection of best practices from Eastern Europe Save the Children Kosovo, Jul 2019

UN General Assembly report of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty UN, Jul 2019

Collection: Measurement of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition BMJ Global Health, Jul 2019

Early Interventions Briefing Paper House of Commons Library, Jul 2019

Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe European Commission, Jul 2019

Reducing Child Mortality in the Last Mile: Experimental Evidence on Community Health Promoters in Uganda American Economic Journal, Jul 2019

Strengthening early childhood care and education: A knowledge and innovation exchange (KIX) discussion paper Global Partnership for Education, Jul 2019

How detention centers affect the health of immigrant children: A research roundup Journalist's Resource, Jul 2019

We Must Prevent a Lost Generation: Community-led education in Rohingya camps Peace Research Institute Oslo, Jul 2019

Exploring Access to Health Care Services in Ukraine Protection and Health Clusters, Jul 2019

Equitable access to quality education for internally displaced children Internal Displacement Monitoring Center and UNICEF, Jul 2019

Protecting and supporting internally displaced children in urban settings Internal Displacement Monitoring Center and UNICEF, Jul 2019

Essential newborn care practice at four primary health facilities in conflict affected areas of Bossaso, Somalia: a cross-sectional study Conflict and Health, Jun 2019

Special Issue: Early Childhood Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Early Years, Jun 2019

Conditional cash transfers to improve use of health facilities by mothers and newborns in conflict affected countries, a prospective population based intervention study from Afghanistan BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Jun 2019

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Taking stock of maternal health UNICEF, Jun 2019
Psychological first aid for children during the Kumamoto earthquake disaster response in Japan Intervention, Jun 2019

‘We just been forced to do it’: exploring victimization and agency among internally displaced young mothers in Bogotá Conflict and Health, Jun 2019

Early childhood development: an imperative for action and measurement at scale BMJ Global Health, Jun 2019

Removing Barriers and Closing Gaps: Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities Center for Global Development, Jun 2019

Foundation's Engagement in Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises Education Cannot Wait, Jun 2019

Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity: U.S. Government Strategy for International Assistance, 2019-2023 USAID, Jun 2019

Essential newborn care practice at four primary health facilities in conflict affected areas of Bossaso, Somalia: a cross-sectional study Conflict and Health, Jun 2019

Vulnerability and Protection of Refugees in Turkey: Findings from the Rollout of the Largest Humanitarian Cash Assistance Program in the World World Bank and World Food Programme, May 2019

Violence against children and natural disasters: A systematic review and meta-analysis of quantitative evidence PLoS One, May 2019

EU Council Recommendation on High Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Systems Official Journal of the European Union, May 2019

Child friendly spaces impact across five humanitarian settings: a meta-analysis BMC Public Health, May 2019

Short‐ and longer‐term impacts of Child Friendly Space Interventions in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Uganda The Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry, May 2019

Child development in the context of biological and psychosocial hazards among poor families in Bangladesh PLoS ONE, May 2019

Cumulative psychosocial risk and early child development: validation and use of the Childhood Psychosocial Adversity Scale in global health research Pediatric Research, May 2019

Intergenerational and Intragenerational Externalities of the Perry Preschool Project National Bureau of Economic Research, May 2019

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Humanitarian Action iACT, May 2019

School factors related to the emotional wellbeing and resettlement outcomes of students from refugee backgrounds: protocol for a systematic review Systematic Reviews, Apr 2019

Education as healing: Addressing the trauma of displacement through social and emotional learning Global Education Monitoring Report, Apr 2019

The Time to Act Is Now: Addressing Risks of Exploitation for Venezuelan Women and Children Seeking Refuge Women's Refugee Commission, Apr 2019

Follow the Money: Equitably financing child survival Save the Children, Apr 2019

Integrating social protection and early childhood development: open trial of a family home-visiting intervention, Sugira Muryango Early Child Development and Care, Apr 2019

Building Our Future with Children and Youth on the Move in Greece European Programme for Integration and Migration, Mar 2019

Global Survey of Inclusive Early Childhood Development and Early Childhood Intervention Programs UNICEF, RISE Institute and ECD Task Force, Mar 2019

Citizenship alterities: the case of child birth registrations in the Tongogara refugee camp of Zimbabwe African Journal of Social Work, Feb 2019

Webinars & Multimedia

Source: Migration Policy Institute

Webinar: Effectively Serving Immigrant and Dual Language Learner Families through Home Visiting Programs

Migration Policy Institute, Aug 2019
This webinar provides an overview of the home visiting services landscape in the US and promising strategies to build effective partnerships with immigrant parents to support their young children’s school readiness and success. Watch the webinar >  Read the policy brief >
Source: Save the Children

IDELA Webinar: Addressing ECCD and Violence in El Salvador 

Save the Children, Aug 2019
This webinar features a Comic Relief-funded program involving preschool, community, and caregiver interventions and a toxic stress-reduction approach to mitigate the impact of violence on young children in El Salvador. Watch the webinar >
Source: For Sama

For Sama

Waad al-Kateab, Jul 2019
A documentary by award-winning Syrian journalist Waad al-Kateab, filmed during the Syrian war. The film tells the story of al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama. Watch the trailer >
Source: No Limit Generation

How Displacement, Instability & Uncertainty Affect Children

No Limit Generation, Jul 2019
The No Limit Generation platform offers training videos for aid workers and caregivers on a range of child well-being topics, including the impact of displacement, instability and violence on children. Watch the video >
Source: Brain Matters

Brain Matters: Putting the First Years First

Genesis Foundation, Jun 2019
Through interviews with cutting edge researchers, scientists, economists, families and educators, this documentary film emphasizes how the first few years are the greatest opportunity we have to give children the best start in life. Watch the trailer >
Source: ECPC

Video Series: Early Childhood Development Advances the Culture of Peace

Early Childhood Peace Consortium, Apr 2019
Filmed at a Yale University-led conference in November 2018, presenters in this 14-part video series discuss how using evidence-informed ECD strategies can globally advance peace, security, and sustainable development. Watch the videos >

News Digest

Iraq: School Doors Barred to Many Children Human Rights Watch, 28 Aug 2019

Myanmar’s New Children’s Law a Step Forward Human Rights Watch, 27 Aug 2019

Preventing a “Lost Generation”: How Play Fosters Resilience for Children Affected by Displacement HundrED, 25 Aug 2019

Over 80,000 Refugee Children in Cox's Bazar Suffering from Severe Mental Health Issues Save the Children, 25 Aug 2019

'Australia is a bigger cage': the ongoing trauma of Nauru's child refugees The Guardian, 24 Aug 2019

Two years on: Rohingya mothers still struggle to get healthcare Terre des Hommes, 23 Aug 2019

Biloela Tamil family 'could be deported today' as last-ditch plea fails SBS News, 22 Aug 2019

Colombia Kindly Offers Free Health Care To Venezuelans — Up To A Point NPR, 20 Aug 2019

Greek NGO helping child refugees wins $2m humanitarian prize The Guardian, 19 Aug 2019

From Big Bird to Big Grants: How Sesame Workshop Became a Fundraising Juggernaut Inside Philanthropy, 13 Aug 2019

Inside our work with children facing starvation IRC, 12 Aug 2019

War Is the Enemy of Breastfeeding NPR, 6 Aug 2019

Ebola Death Toll Among Children in DRC Rises above 500, Save the Children Warns Save the Children, 6 Aug 2019

Colombia grants citizenship to 24,000 children born to Venezuelan mothers Washington Post, 5 Aug 2019

A Yazidi mother's heartbreaking choice BBC, 1 Aug 2019

Portraits of courageous Somali mothers fighting to survive hunger IRC, 31 Jul 2019

Our First Year of 100&Change: Successes, Challenges, and Learnings from Ahlan Simsim MacArthur Foundation, 30 Jul 2019

Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Services a Priority for Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities Center for Global Development, 19 Jul 2019

The Nutrition Challenge Project Syndicate, 18 Jul 2019

The Road to Zero Hunger IPS News, 17 Jul 2019

The U.S. Is Quietly Opening Detention Camps for Small Children Truthdig, 15 Jul 2019

20 million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018 WHO and UNICEF, 15 Jul 2019

Mental health - the lasting scars of crisis The New Humanitarian, 12 Jul 2019

Integrating Reproductive Health and Newborn Health Services Healthy Newborn Network, 11 Jul 2019

Hundreds of Heavily Pregnant Venezuelan Women Seek Treatment at Save the Children Colombian Border Clinic Save the Children, 10 Jul 2019

Women refugees fostering children at Dadaab Camp Daily Nation, 8 Jul 2019

What a Pediatrician Saw Inside a Border Patrol Warehouse The Atlantic, 3 Jul 2019

War's trauma endures long after the last shot is fired – broken souls need rebuilding The Guardian, 30 Jun 2019
War, terror, neglect: How Canadian schools could tackle child trauma The Conversation, 28 Jun 2019

Migrant children in the U.S. lack protection and services needed to ensure their wellbeing UNICEF, 26 Jun 2019

UNHCR to Launch First Global Refugee Forum UNHCR, 24 Jun 2019

The scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens Quartz, 22 Jun 2019

Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children The New Yorker, 22 Jun 2019

Empowering Refugee Parents, Educating Little Learners National Association for the Education of Young Children, 20 Jun 2019

A Jerusalem hospital where Palestinian babies die alone The Guardian, 20 Jun 2019

Ahlan Simsim: A large-scale early childhood intervention for Syria’s refugees and host communities Brookings Institution, 19 Jun 2019

Prioritizing Family: The power of nurturing, protective care for children in adversity USAID, 17 Jun 2019

How Generosity Could Change Amina’s Life International Detention Coalition, 17 Jun 2019

Mental health conditions in conflict situations are much more widespread than we thought WHO, 11 Jun 2019

Why do Syrian refugees in Lebanon not use available mental health services? Elrha, 11 Jun 2019

Holistic parenting education improves infant brain development Institute of Development Studies, 10 Jun 2019

Bangladesh: Caring for mothers and newborns amid the Rohingya refugee crisis Doctors Without Borders, 7 Jun 2019 

Pocket-sized innovation, giant impact: New app and online system launches in South Sudan to support most vulnerable children UNICEF, 7 Jun 2019

Why Rohingya women risk dangerous home births in Bangladesh’s refugee camps The New Humanitarian, 3 Jun 2019

3 in 4 Rohingya Refugee Babies are Born in Unsanitary Bamboo Shelters Save the Children, 3 Jun 2019

The LEGO Foundation and Sesame Workshop Release Research Findings Highlighting the Importance of Playful Learning in Parent-Child Relationships LEGO Foundation, 28 May 2019

The crisis of children dying in custody at the border, explained Vox, 22 May 2019

How to make learning fun and give parents more agency IRC, 9 May 2019

How to Implement Trauma-informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma Child Trends, 9 May 2019

As a royal baby is born, what does the future look like for other newborns around the world? Theirworld, 8 May 2019

Adverse events during first years of life may have greatest effect on future mental health Massachusetts General Hospital, 1 May 2019

Little Ripples in Tanzania Global Campaign for Education, 29 Apr 2019

Events & Opportunities

Call for Proposals: Support to early childhood development in the Lake Chad Province
Deadline: 9 Sep 2019
Organization: Agence Française de Développement
Location: Lake Chad Province

International Forum on inclusion and equity in education
Dates: 11-13 Sep 2019
Organization: UNESCO
Location: Cali, Colombia

Funding Opportunity: Community Health and Nutrition
Deadline: 15 Sep 2019
Organization: USAID
Location: Jordan

Funding Opportunity: Across Borders - Routes to safety for refugees
Deadline: 16 Sep 2019
Organization: Comic Relief
Location: Along the migratory route from Middle East, North Africa into Europe and the UK

From Refugee Children to Climate Change: Global Challenges in an Age of Nationalism
Date: 20 Sep 2019
Organization: Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Columbia University
Location: New York, USA
International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations
Dates: 7-8 Oct 2019
Organization: Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and International Cooperation
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2019 Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Dates: 14-15 Oct 2019
Organization: Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

International Conference on Nutrition & Early Human Development
Dates: 24-26 Oct 2019
Organization: Aga Khan University’s Institute for Human Development and the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health
Location: Karachi, Pakistan

MOOC: Mainstreaming early childhood education into education sector planning
Date: 28 Oct - 29 Nov 2019
Organization: UNICEF, IIEP-UNESCO and GPE
Location: Online

Global Refugee Forum
Date: 17-18 Dec 2019
Organization: UNHCR
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
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