From the moment children are conceived, parents make plans to support their every need, like during birth, their first day of school or when they nourish big dreams as teenagers.
UNICEF Bangladesh follows something very similar. It uses the life-cycle approach, in which activities are organised to provide support to children based on their age group.
The approach identifies specific priorities and plans positive outcome for each age group, like infants and their mothers, children at primary school age and adolescents. These three are supported by a fourth outcome, which envisions more inclusion and awareness of the rights of children in general.
It is a shift away from the sectoral system.
In the life-cycle approach, all the sectoral arms of UNICEF converge to achieve common priorities, while maintaining the same pace of progress.
It has proven to be highly effective in covering complex issues facing children. For example, when experts promoting hygiene and nutrition work together, there is less chance of a child contracting diarrhea and falling severely ill from the disease.
An innovative model, the life-cycle country programme in Bangladesh facilitates cross sectoral thinking and creates horizontal linkages and not just vertical results.
Here is a closer look at the outcomes and priorities: