Introduction to the first 1000 days

This brief 2-page document introduces the reader to the concept of the first 1000 days of life. It explains the reason why this period is crucial for human development using neuro-scientific evidence, and what that means practically for policy design.

Three cases for the investment in first 1000 days interventions are discussed. These are:

• Investment case on the basis of human rights

• Investment case based on neuro-scientific evidence

• Investment case based on the economic principles