Promoting social cohesion and peacebuilding through investment in early childhood development programs

Laura Dunne*, Aoibheann Brennan-Wilson, Nicole Craig, Sarah Miller, Paul Connolly, James Leckman, J. Lawrence Aber, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Phuong Pham, Patrick Vinck, Pauline Walmsley

*Corresponding author for this work

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Millions of children worldwide will not reach their potential in terms of education and development. However, it is widely known that investment in high-quality early childhood development (ECD) pays rich dividends throughout the lifespan of an individual, impacting their own lives, families, and communities in a positive way. Further evidence points to the importance of ECD in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The multi-sectoral, integrated provision of ECD services is ideally placed to facilitate holistic positive change and enhance social cohesion in some of the most inequitable and vulnerable contexts. The LINKS project brings together an international network of researchers, who work in strategic partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Early Years the Organisation for Young Children in Northern Ireland to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of ECD programs in low- and middle-income countries impacted by divisions and conflict. The project is designed to contribute to the international evidence base on ECD for social cohesion and sustaining peace to make a real difference in the lives of children, caregivers, and communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitioning to peace: promoting global social justice and non-violence
EditorsWilson López López, Laura K. Taylor
PublisherSpringer Cham
ISBN (Electronic)9783030776886
ISBN (Print)9783030776879, 9783030776909
Publication statusPublished - 04 Sept 2021

Publication series

NamePeace Psychology Book Series
ISSN (Print)2197-5779
ISSN (Electronic)2197-5787


  • social cohesion
  • peacebuilding
  • early childhood development
  • sustainable development goals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Health Professions


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