​Institute for Human Development Inaugural Conference 2015

12 February 2015 to 14 February 2015
Republic of Kenya

"​Investing in Early Childhood Development for a Better World​"

An interdisciplinary conference for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, programme designers, students, governmental & non-governmental agencies, and civil society l​eaders

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2015. Space is limited so please register promptly.

  • Learn about the science informing interventions in health, nutrition, psychological development, education, and child welfare in the earliest years of life. 
  • Be part of discussions on creative solutions to challenges faced by young children in our part of the world. 
  • Exchange ideas about the design, delivery, and evaluation of programmes and services for young children. 
  • Expand your perspectives on forms of knowledge and research necessary to design locally relevant programmes. 
  • Meet and network with professionals who share your interests in issues affecting early child development. 
  • Hear from private foundations championing children’s causes globally about their programmes and priorities. 


  • Dr. Robert Armstrong, Aga Khan University 
  • Dr. Caroline Arnold, Aga Khan Foundation
  • Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Aga Khan University & University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Alan Bocking, University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Barbara Fallon, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Anil Khamis, University College London-Institute of Education 
  • Dr. Stephen Lye, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto 
  • Stephen Matthews, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Nuruddin Mohammed, Aga Khan University 
  • Dr. Azim Nanji, Aga Khan University 
  • Dr. Alan Pence, University of Victoria 
  • Dr. Linda Richter, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa 
  • Dr. Robert Serpell, University of Zambia 
  • ​Dr. Karlee Silver, Grand Challenges Canada 
  • Dr. Susan Walker, University of the West Indies, Jamaica 
  • Dr. Aisha Yousafzai, Aga Khan University


  • Advances in metrics for child development 
  • Development and use of child assessment test in African contexts 
  • AKU Early Child Development Projects funded by the Canadian Government and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Our children carry in their hands our future and our hope for a pluralistic, peaceful, harmonious, life-enriching world; we better invest to build a strong foundation to support them, or there is no future to talk about. 

~​ IHD Director Kofi Marfo


​​​This conference has been made possible by a major grant from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development supporting institutional capacity-building for research on early human development.​