Early Childhood Development in Humanitarian Crises : South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda book cover
1st Edition

Early Childhood Development in Humanitarian Crises
South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

ISBN 9780367228576
Published September 11, 2019 by Routledge
250 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an analysis of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda, making the case for the design and implementation of programmes for ECD in emergency situations.

Illustrating the current place of ECD in the humanitarian landscape and the environment in which South Sudanese refugees in Uganda currently live, this book combines child and human development perspectives to underpin the importance of ECD in emergencies. Developing an ECD tool specific to the cultural context and emergency situation, the author examines the outcomes of an ECD programme focused on refugee children and provides evidence for increased investment into ECD in emergencies.

Contributing to the evidence base for Early Childhood Development, this book will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners who conduct research on ECD, education or humanitarianism in developing countries.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Foreword: a call for action to support young children and families in crises




Background and context

1 Global trends in Early Childhood Development

2 Why Early Childhood Development in emergencies?

3 Overview of the humanitarian landscape

4 South Sudan: decades of conflict with little respite

5 Nexus of Vygotsky and Human Capability Approach


Early Childhood Development in emergency programming

6 Adaptation of a development model for a humanitarian context


Evidence for Early Childhood Development in emergencies

7 Research methodology

8 Developing a culturally appropriate child development tool

9 Mixed methods evidence for Early Childhood Development in emergencies

Conclusion: the way forward


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Sweta Shah received her PhD from The Institute of Education, University College, London, UK, in 2016. She is currently Global Lead, Early Childhood Development at the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Washington, DC, USA.