Sub-Saharan Africa

Early Childhood Workforce Initiative Compendium of Country Briefs

There is mounting evidence on the positive link between high quality early childhood development (ECD) personnel and the physical, social, and cognitive development of young children. Despite this growing body of knowledge, the early childhood workforce continues to face challenges such as inadequate training, low remuneration, and a lack of professional recognition. Moreover, a lack of documentation on promising approaches to address these workforce challenges limits opportunities to learn from the implementation experiences of different countries around the world. To bring light to these challenges, and potential responses to them, the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI) has developed 6 country briefs which highlight efforts to support the workforce across different geographies and services.

Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce at Scale: Community Health Workers and the Expansion of First 1000 Days Services in South Africa

Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce at Scale Community Health Workers and the Expansion of First 1000 Days Services in South Africa
The National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy (NIECDP) (2015) is an important step in South Africa’s shift from a health system focused on curative, disease-based services to one based on prevention and health promotion. The NIECDP identifies a comprehensive vision of early childhood development (ECD) services to be delivered by 2030, seeking to strengthen and integrate these services across all government departments.

WEBINAR | Scaling up the early childhood workforce to support children birth to age 3: Lessons from Peru and Mozambique

scaling up early childhood workforce mozambique and peru

Today, there is a growing interest on the part of governments and other institutions to make large investments in the early years. However, many well-intentioned initiatives designed to support the health and development of young children struggle to move beyond the pilot or project stage.


The Role of Social Service Workforce Development in Care Reform

The Role of Social Service Workforce Development in Care Reform illustrates key issues by drawing on the experiences of Indonesia, Moldova and Rwanda – three countries are in the process of reform. Each country's reform takes place within their own context and history, social and political system, protection structure and services, and social services education system.


Towards the Right Care for Children: Orientations for reforming alternative care systems - Africa, Asia, Latin America

Towards the Right Care for Children: Orientations for reforming alternative care systems - Africa, Asia, Latin America, commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development commissioned SOS Children’s Villages International to conduct a study on the possible issue of institutionalization in six South and Central American, Asian and African countries, in order to strengthen the knowledge of the European Commission on the nature, the extent and scope of institutionalization and feasibility of the de-institutionalization.


Addressing Equity and Quality through Investing in the ECD Workforce: Namibia's Challenges and Achievements

Home visiting programs for HIV-affected families: a comparison of service quality between volunteer-driven and paraprofessional models

Home visiting programs for HIV-affected families: a comparison of service quality between volunteer-driven and paraprofessional models investigated whether or not additional investment in paraprofessional staff translated into higher quality service delivery. The study, conducted in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa was conducted over a two-year span. The results suggested that compensation and extensive training programs for home visitors are better able to serve and retain beneficiaries than volunteer home visiting programs.

 


End of Project Evaluation of USAID/Zimbabwe’s “Children First” Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

Expanding Access to Early Childhood Development Using Interactive Audio Instruction: A Toolkit and Guidelines for Program Design and Implementation

Expanding Access to Early Childhood Development Using Interactive Audio Instruction: A Toolkit and Guidelines for Program Design and Implementation

Summary:
Interactive Audio Instruction (IAI) is a distance learning technology that can deliver low-cost, culturally appropriate education via radio or mobile audio technology. It is a highly effective tool to reach children who can be hard to reach through conventional programs, including the rural poor and children with disabilities. IAI can also be an effective form of service delivery in unstable and conflict-affected regions.


Care for Caregivers: A psychosocial support model for Child and Youth Care Workers serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children in South Africa

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