Designing Aid Policies to Support Children
Pierina Anton (G'23), a graduate student in the global human development program at the School of Foreign Service, attended a USAID-led workshop on “The Case for Including Children and Youth in Foreign Assistance."
Anton immediately noticed the practical aspect of the workshop, which offered specific skills and insight she could apply to her future career as an Education Foreign Service Officer with USAID.
“The workshop challenged me to think bigger when it comes to designing policies and interventions for children and youth, especially when it comes to changing harmful gender norms that impact the access, affordability, and quality of both childcare and parenting.”
For example, she learned about the importance of building a strong coalition of actors—including mothers, fathers, humanitarian aid providers, development practitioners, childcare institutions, teachers, and more—to protect children in adversity. The importance of prioritizing family-based care over institutional care for children, and how rapid digitalization has increased the risk of digital harm and violence for children and youth, also resonated with her.
Anton credited the workshop with expanding her understanding of the existing policy frameworks, such as the Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity Strategy and Youth in Development policy, that guide USAID programming around the world.
The Power of Play
Christina Ruder (SFS'23), a senior in the School of Foreign Service studying global business, psychology, and Spanish, attended “Healing with Humor: A Physical Workshop on the Power of Play,” led by the Laboratory on Global Performance and Politics.