Investing in the early years to build human capital is one of the smartest investments a country can make to break the cycle of poverty, address inequality, and boost productivity later in life. It requires investing in a range of interventions and programs that target development early in a person’s life. Parliamentarians can play a key role in championing the need to invest in the early years due to their legislative, representative, and oversight roles. ACTION and Action Against Hunger (ACF) developed a briefing book, "Investing in the Early Years to Build Human Capital: Practical Solutions and Tools for Parliamentarians," to guide parliamentarians as they build political will and push for increased investment in the critical early years of a child's life. The book provides a clear overview of the investments that are needed, the existing opportunities for financing, and the role that parliamentarians can play.
The briefing book is available in both English and French ("Investir dans la petite enfance pour développer le capital humain : Des solutions pratiques et des outils pour les parlementaires").