Eurochild releases its model for a child-centered investment strategy to advance the potential of the new European Fund for Strategic Investment. This working document details how investment must take a rights-based approach and prioritise children.
On the occasion of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank holding a conference on Education and the Investment Plan on this day, Eurochild offers its perspective of the meaning of a good investment in education.
This European Commission has made investment a priority. Its objective is to return the European Union to a place of economic growth and prosperity. In this paper Eurochild argues that a child-centred investment strategy is a precondition to achieving sustainable and equitable economic and social development. A child-centred investment strategy prioritises investment in five pillars: education, early years policies, health promotion, community development and family strengthening, and social protection and welfare support.
EU Member States have primary responsibility for these policy areas. However, the EU plays a critical role both in influencing national policies through its macro-economic governance tools and through the structural and investment funds. Eurochild explores whether the new European Fund for Strategic Investment, a flagship initiative of the Juncker Commission, can also contribute to a more child-centered investment strategy.
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