International Step by Step Association
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Dr. Mihaela Ionescu,

The ISSA Network Advantage - Prioritizing young children's development in emergencies

In emergencies, the amount of investment in ECD is scarce and very fragmented. More than half of humanitarian and refugee response plans focus on immediate needs while neglecting the overall development, learning and well-being of the youngest children and their caregivers. Due to its complexity, ECD can be best guaranteed within a multisectoral and integrated approach, mobilizing various resources in a well-coordinated manner.

The ISSA network's ability to adapt and its use of the connective tissue of collaborative learning networks enable it to respond quickly and effectively to the challenges posed by emergencies.
Drawing on five streams of action, this brief outlines the ISSA's strategic response to the war in Ukraine in detail.

The work detailed in this brief was accomplished through partnerships with War Child Holland, ISSA Member, Amna Refugee Healing Network (Amna), and the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO), and with the support of Minderoo Foundation.