Our Work | Collaborations

Motivated by AÇEV’s conceptual framework, we have begun to coordinate an effective strategy regarding collaboration with major international organizations promoting peace building and childhood interventions:

  • United Nations: An alliance was formed with the UN General Assembly (UNGA), through the participation of H.E. Mr. Nassir el-Nasser, president of the 66th UNGA session. A second collaboration, initiated with UNICEF, is actively engaged in building peace through education.
  • Practitioners:  The Supporting Father Involvement program, which currently operates in three countries, has become a main partner in this project through the leadership of Dr. Kyle Pruett. More recently, the Early Years program, based in Ireland, joined the collaboration.
  • Philanthropic Organizations: Three major funders—AÇEV, the Fetzer Institute, and UNICEF—have provided additional support for the work of the partnership.
  • Academics and Scholars: The Ernst Strungmann Foundation (ESF) brought together academics and scholars from multiple disciplines to: (1) assess the role of ECD and familial relationships in the process of peace building; and (2) explore novel approaches to translating science-based knowledge into concrete action within peace building initiatives. Learn more about the outcome of this meeting and its first-of-its kind volume, published by MIT Press in 2014.
  • Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC): This consortium brings together leaders in effective practice, new and emerging knowledge, finance, philanthropy and international policy to create a legacy of sustained peace, drawing on the transformative force of ECD. To learn more about the ECPC and to review its timeline, please visit the Early Childhood Peace Consortium.
  • Global Health Leadership Institute: For the past five years, Yale University’s Global Health Leadership Institute has hosted an annual workshop to bring together select delegations of researchers and decision-makers from different countries to address a problem of strategic and practical importance. In 2013, the AÇEV model has been selected as a strategy for scaling up a country-specific program to suit the needs of other diverse nations and societies around the world.

Our Projects and Research

Evidence-based research targeted on early childhood development and peace building


Our Publications

Books, peer-reviewed journal articles, reports

A Time for Change

Keynote Address
H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

"In closing, let me say this, our world is a great, yet complex thing. To leave it to a generation which is unprepared, and unequipped with the proper principles and ethics, would be hazardous. Hence, instilling values of harmony and tolerance in our children through instruments of early education is vital for a peaceful future. The time for change is NOW. Let us benefit from today, for a better tomorrow."

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H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013, UNICEF NY


It Takes Teamwork

United Nations
Dr. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Sec-Gen Spec Advisor

"How can we building vibrant communities where children are front and center (especially in post-conflict settings)? The success so far as been achieved through teamwork; we must work together." 

Dr. Amina J. Mohammed, U.N. Secretary-General's Special Advisor of Post-2015 Development Planning, ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013, UNICEF NY