Early Childhood Development

The challenge: The brain develops most rapidly in the first six years of a child’s life. Yet, worldwide, 250 million children are not reaching their potential during these years. In 2015, an estimated six million children died before reaching age five, mostly because of highly preventable and treatable diseases. In developing countries, hundreds of millions of children do not have access to pre-school; they live in areas affected by armed conflict and climate-related disasters; and their growth is stunted, which harms their brain development.

Our solution: We work to ensure that girls and boys have a good start in life by influencing the environments in which they are growing. By supporting educators, parents, and governments in promoting and providing high-quality early learning opportunities, we are helping secure a brighter future for communities around the world.

It takes a village: Raising healthy, happy children in Tajikistan

Research shows that 80% of a child’s brain development occurs within their first 1,000 days of life – making this

Transforming Communities, One Teacher at a Time

In Tanzania, children are often considered a woman’s responsibility. But teachers like Ali are challenging this gender stereotype.

How Canada supports girls in Afghanistan, India, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, and Tajikistan

On the tenth anniversary of International Day of the Girl, learn how Canadian investments are supporting and making a difference for girls in Central Asia.

Foundations for brighter futures: Illustrating Canadian support for education systems in Africa and Asia

Canadian investments in education are making a world of difference for girls and boys in Africa and Asia. The Foundations

Spotlight on Jennifer Elms, Gender Advisor at AKFC and AKF-US

“My hope would be that gender equality becomes so part of everybody’s DNA that integrating gender and using a gender lens will be a part of everyone.”

Spotlight on Nyambura Gathumbi, Regional Gender Advisor, AKF East Africa

My ultimate hope for the future is that we can transform the way we think, change our mindset around women, around girls, around gender issues.

Learning During A Pandemic

We helped governments create resources and toolkits to help students continue learning beyond the classroom.

Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE)

F4EE aims to improve educational systems at the pre-primary and primary levels.

Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE)

F4HE aims to improve the health and well-being and enhance equitable development and empowerment of women and girls.