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Childcare Solutions: Creating family-friendly workplaces. Lessons from South and East Asia, and MENA.
Access to good quality and affordable early childhood care and education (ECCE) is a win-win-win for families, particularly for working mothers to help them enter and stay in the workforce, as well as for employers and economies. Since 2017, IFC has published a series of reports spanning different countries in South and East Asia and Pacific on the business case and good practices for employer-supported childcare, which have mobilized private and public sector action to advance ECCE. IFC also set up a Global Tackling Childcare Advisory Program that has provided technical assistance and peer learning opportunities to public and private sector clients all over the world to advance childcare and family-friendly policies such as paid leave, flex work, and breastfeeding. For a private sector childcare market to flourish and increase business and employment opportunities for women, a good regulatory framework is essential. To this purpose, the World Bank has started working on improving the regulatory framework in Jordan to create a balance between streamlining and quality standards.

This session will feature latest IFC’s research findings on the business case for employer-supported childcare in Pakistan and Vietnam, as well as insights from the work conducted by the Mashreq Gender Facility to enhance the regulatory framework in Jordan, and an overview of IFC’s guidance note for and work with employers on childcare during COVID-19.

May 6, 2021 08:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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