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    Safe Spaces Brief: Protecting Brain Development in Emergencies (February 2017)

    While humanitarian responses typically focus on the physical needs of children ages 0 to 5, negative experiences caused by crisis can also lead to poor cognitive and socioemotional development, hampering future learning and increasing the risk for long term health and behaviour problems. Early childhood programmes that provide nurturing care, a safe environment to play and learn, and support for caregivers ensure children not only survive, but have the best start for a good future.

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    Safe Spaces Brief: Protecting The Most Vulnerable in Emergencies and Disasters (February 2017)

    Despite the tremendous need, early childhood development remains seriously under-prioritised in emergency response. This brief outlines the shortfalls in the provision of Safe Spaces for children to grow and thrive in emergency, conflict, or vulnerable environments.

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    Building a better future: Syrian girls' education in Turkey (October 2016)

    ​In conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies, girls face particular vulnerabilities and barriers that can frequently prevent them from realising their right to education. Displacement, poverty and the breakdown of familial and social protection mechanisms can place girls at higher risk of sexual abuse, violence, exploitation and early forced marriage.

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    Neglected Crisis: Poverty, terror and the threat of famine in the Lake Chad Basin (September 2016)

    ​Poverty, terror and threat of famine have forced 2.7 million people to flee and left 9 million in dire need of humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad Basin. A brief by Theirworld says years of violence and displacement against a backdrop of poverty and shrinking economic opportunity in the region have created a humanitarian crisis on a massive scale.

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    Early Childhood Development in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (June 2016)

    ​Young children caught up in conflicts or crises may spend years displaced from their homes. This briefing examines how early childhood development services are crucial to help them cope, develop, learn and thrive.

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    Early Childhood Development and the Childcare Crisis (June 2016)

    Affordable, high-quality childcare has multiple benefits for children, families and societies - children do better in school, older children stay in education and adults can go to work. This briefing has five recommendations to achieve universal access to high-quality childcare.

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    39 million girls at risk: are humanitarian responses doing enough? (May 2016)

    ​39 million girls are at risk because of disasters and conflict. Humanitarian responses are not doing enough to meet their specific needs.

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    Child labour and education in emergencies (June 2015)

    Conflict and emergencies drive children out of education and into work, forced labour and child marriage​. But ​education in emergencies offers a way to break the cycle of poverty for these children and their families.​​