Breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty

Breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty

Commission for Social Development
Fifty-fifth session
United Nations, New York
1-10 February 2017k
Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly: priority theme: strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.

“Early Parenting and Early Child Care and Education to break the inter-generational dimension of poverty”.


“Neurosciences have recently confirmed that a baby’s brain development is shaped by their earliest experiences, including during pregnancy. In particular, a baby’s exposure to stress from any cause within the family, such as parental mental illness, neglect, mistreatment, domestic violence or simply poverty-related stress, can significantly affect their brain development. On the other hand, loving relationships and care, nurture and early stimulation support a healthy brain development and increase the chances that the child will achieve their full potential later in life…

… A number of economic studies have shown that investing in early parenting and early childhood care and education is 5-6 times more effective than intervening to solve problems later in life. A recent prospective analysis of comprehensive preconception care found that for every $1 spent on preconception, $1.60 is saved in maternal and foetal care costs. Other studies have shown that preconception care can save as much as $5.19 for every $1 invested. (In Healthy Pregnancy and Healthy Children: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers — The Business Case for Promoting Healthy Pregnancy — AOL’s WellBaby Program, USA.).

1 Comment
  • Valerie Unite
    Posted at 17:56h, 15 January Reply

    The inter-generational dimension of poverty is a very interesting perspective!

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