Research and analysis

Early Childhood Development and Cognitive Development in Developing Countries

This review gathers existing evidence to determine how, why and under what conditions (ECD) interventions in developing countries are effective in promoting cognitive development.


Early Childhood Development (ECD) interventions in developing country contexts can be effective for promoting gains in language, thinking and understanding. The primary motivations for this review are to determine: effective and easily scaled interventions, the best ways to promote community involvement, characteristics of effective change agents, and conceptual models to best explain the process of cognitive development. These are explored through a rigorous and objective review of the evidence.