Supported by Foreign Affairs, Trade an​​d Development Canada (DFATD)

Enhancing ‘Babycare’ Enterprises through Social Franchising in Kenya

This two-year project is sponsored un​der the Institutional Partnerships for Human Development initiative and is supported by the Programme for Advancing Human Development in Asia and Africa. Mlolongo1_226x167.jpg

The overall objective is to develop and test an innovative early ​human development model for children aged 0-3 years in the urban informal settlement of Mlolongo, Nairobi, Kenya that combines innovative intervention with outcome-based research.  ​

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Early Literacy Intervention in Pakistan

To support early literacy development in two locations in Pakistan (Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan), this project is using curricular development as part of the project to train 12 teachers (in the school-based program) and 36 parents (in home intervention programs) to support children’s literacy development. AKUIED_ELRI_Picture1_226x167.jpg

The content of the training includes training in content and pedagogy of literacy development as well as instruction in the science of early child development. 

The impact of the training is being assessed empirically using a quasi-experimental design. A second layer of data were ​collected using qualitative information of teachers and parents in the intervention group about their early literacy beliefs and practices before and after their intervention.

Principle Investigator: Dr Almina Pardhan

​Research Using the Early Development Instrument in Pakistan

This study is assessing the school readiness and developmental health status of pre-primary and class I students of government-run schools in Karachi, Pakistan, and the associated risk factors. The instrument for the study is the Early Development Instrument (EDI) developed and validated in Canada—and now used in a number of countries around the world. DSC05180IHD.jpgThe EDI is a teacher completed checklist which contains 104 items grouped into five domains: physical health & well-being, emotional maturity, social competence, language & cognitive development, and general knowledge & communication​. The tool is designed to identify population based vulnerability by assessing at risk children at the group level.

​This research study has been undertaken in partnership with the Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia. The study is led by Dr Ghazala Rafique, Director, Human Development Programme, Aga Khan University and is being implemented in collaboration with the Reforms Support Unit, Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh in 500 public schools in Karachi.​

Building the Capacity of Faculty and Other Key Stakeholders in Early Human Development

This project comprises three main activities:
(i) evaluation of the AKDN Science of ECD (SECD) Phase 1 initiatives;
(ii) joint design and delivery of a blended learning course by AKU and University of Toronto using the SECD online resource; and
(iii) development and pilot of short SECD modules in AKDN countries.

Research to Better Inform Early Human Development Policies and Programs in Tanzania – Tuwaendeleze Watoto Wetu

This research comprises the following main activities:
(i) literature review mapping key issues and dimensions of ECE;
(ii) landscaping study on existing ECE interventions, training, capacities and lessons learned;
(iii) communication and dissemination activities on the basis of knowledge products developed by the project; and
(iv) development of a database to inform the creation of online resources.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grant

​Young children affected by HIV and AIDS face many developmental challenges. They often do not receive the care and opportunities needed for early learning. Malnutrition, poor health, and inadequate caregiving combine to inhibit healthy psychosocial and cognitive development, with potentially negative long-term consequences, including learning difficulties and school drop-out. Yet with programmes that support them and their families in the critical early years, these children can thrive and develop optimally.

Committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable children, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF) is funding community-based programmes that serve the needs of these children in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. 



20140930_161129Training81x81.jpg​This research project, which uses a cluster randomized controlled design, aims to evaluate the impact of delivering an integrated neonatal toolkit and/or a newborn developmental stimulation package to pregnant women during their third trimester of pregnancy and providing education on how to use each intervention compared to the current standard of care in Kwale County, Coast Province, Kenya.

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IHD's Penny Holding and film producer ​Murad Rayani have carried out monitoring and evaluation of the UNICEF Care For Child Development initiative in Mali. Through a series of cinematographic portraits, they illustrate the activities undertaken and give life to the way in which communities and children have responded to the interv​entions.

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Prof Winnie Mucherah, PhD​
Car​negie African Diaspora Fellow


​Prof Mucherah was in our office from ​May 11 to June 26, 2015.  She presented a 

​colloqui​​um series on research, engaged with our ongoing research and worked with our interns.  IHD is very grateful to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme for making her visit possible.

​​​​​- Read more about Winnie Mucherah and the programme here.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

- For a selected list of Prof Mucherah's research articles, click here​.​​​

- ​The presentations from the Colloquium Series on R​esearch can be downloaded here​.​​​​​​​