Philanthropy Spotlight: May 2018

Hey all, it’s Kelsey here with this month’s Philanthropy Spotlight.

As this month’s theme was highlighting families and their role in child development, I have listed below a short selection of the most interesting and useful family-centred stories we’ve been reading this month. Enjoy!


Secrets Of A Maya Supermom: What Parenting Books Don’t Tell You

NPR Goats and Soda, 11 May 2018

Link to the article

Parenting in the Western world has little in common with how children are raised by non-industrialised societies, and how it has been done for thousands of years. In many of these cultures, there is no separation between the world of the child and the world of the parent. Maybe that’s the secret, suggests the article’s author – collaboration.

It’s kids and adults together accomplishing a common goal. It’s not letting the kids do whatever they want. It’s a matter of children — and parents — being willing to be guided.


Key Findings on Families, Family Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals: Synthesis Report

UNICEF, May 2018

Link to the report

This report examines how the role played by the family (and family policies) can contribute toward the global goal of meeting the SDG targets.

There is no ‘silver bullet’ in family policy or programme design, but aspects of different policies are shown to be effective in different settings when design for a specific purpose. For instance, cash benefits consistently reduce poverty, and decrease deprivation, and both conditional and sometimes unconditional versions of these benefits can encourage children’s access to schools, healthcare, and improve health outcomes.


Nurturing care for early child development: A framework for helping children SURVIVE and THRIVE to transform health and human potential


Link to the initiative

This initiative grew out of increasing evidence that the early years are critical when it comes to ensuring overall lifelong health and success.

The Framework provides an evidence-based road map for action and outlines how policies and services can support parents, families, other caregivers and communities in providing nurturing care for young children. It calls for attention to be paid to communities where children are most at risk of being left behind.