On April 23, 2008, the Wolfensohn Center for Development, in cooperation with the Committee for Economic Development, held an International Early Child Development Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands.
This is the first conference in a series of international events within the framework of the Early Child Development Initiative at the Wolfensohn Center for Development aimed at promoting private sector investment in Early Child Development (ECD) in developing countries.
The goal of the conference was to bring the importance of early child development to the forefront of international economic debates and to develop strategies to increase private sector support for ECD in developing countries. The conference highlighted the positive impact of ECD on local communities, national economies, international markets, and long term global poverty reduction. Specifically, it focused on fostering support from the European business community for ECD in emerging markets and developing countries.