Cost–Benefit Analysis of Investments in Early Childhood in Burundi

Study report 2021


This study constitutes an investment case for early childhood development (ECD) in Burundi. It provides extensive empirical evidence that can be used to advocate for investing in young children within the country, as both a sound moral and a rational economic choice. It explores the results of a cost–benefit analysis study that examined the short- to long-term effects of ECD interventions. Further, it provides detailed recommendations on how to sustainably finance the costs of providing these interventions. The investment case is a result of a participatory process between the Government of Burundi and UNICEF in collaboration with UNDP and UNCDF within the framework of the Joint Strengthening the Sustainable Development Goals Financing Architecture and Ecosystem in Burundi.

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