ICDP Newsletter

The ICDP Newsletter, the November issue is now available to read and download.


ICDP makes strides in the Philippines

The ICDP team of trainers, led by Zenona Gread, made good progress throughout 2020. 

The ICDP programme is being rolled out by Save the Children as part of their parenting package, which combines ICDP with cash transfer and budgeting schemes. This is facilitated through positive cooperation with the government. Seventy new facilitators and over 1500 families received ICDP training.

At a recent network meeting, parents talked about the positive changes in their lives as a result of their participation in the parenting programme, emphasizing better and warmer interactions with their children. The event was filmed and the footage included a song celebrating symbolically the importance of the ICDP interactive topics.

Read below a short report from the ICDP trainers:


New published article

The new research article about the Wawa Illari project in Peru is now freely available online.

It was published by Frontiers in Public Healtha multidisciplinary open-access journal which publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research and is at the forefront of disseminating scientific knowledge to researchers, academics, clinicians, policy makers and the public worldwide.

Follow the link below to find the published article:


Year 2020 in Russia

The local team continued to train in the ICDP programme throughout 2020.

In the Nizhny Novgorod City and the Nizhny Novgorod region, the ICDP programme was introduced in schools and preschools, as well as to university students. 

ICDP training was given to ten groups, which included psychologists, teachers and specialists of non-profit organizations. In total 128 participants attended the workshops.

Read below a short report from Oksana Isaeva.


Completion of training in Moshi

On photo above: the 14 newly certified ICDP facilitators after receiving their certificates. 

Fourteen ICDP facilitators from Manyara region completed ICDP training in the autumn of 2020 by attending the final training from 17th to 19th of September. Their trainers were Verynice Frederick and Egla Matechi.

All fourteen facilitators held eight ICDP meetings with their respective groups of parents/caregivers and they all attended the final training workshop. At the workshop, they shared about their different experiences of working with parents, including any encountered difficulties. Some common challenges were identified, such as low participation of men and the participant parents’ difficulties in reaching the place of the meetings due to long distances.

Among other activities at the workshop, the sensitization principles were revised through role play. Some facilitators acted in role plays as parents and others as facilitators; it was an effective way of reviewing facilitators’ practical work.

The facilitators reported that they had observed positive changes in the parents’ relationship with their children and they showed a lot of interest and commitment to take ICDP to more parents/caregivers in their respective communities and at their working place. 

Two new parent groups have already started to receive ICDP.


News from Bangladesh

There have been some important developments by ICDP in Bangladesh.

This has been a challenging year for ICDP in Bangladesh, as in many countries all over the world. Read more in their report below.


First implementation of ICDP in Tashkent

Two facilitators are now starting to implement the ICDP programme for the first time in Uzbekistan.

ICDP has established an agreement for training and cooperation with the Happy Start preschool in Tashkent. 

Happy Start is a learning centre for 2 to10 years old children and they offer pre-school education and after school activities. This is the link to their website: 

Since the summer of 2020, as part of the new developments at Happy Start, Shincon Uzbekistan is funding the introduction and implementation of the ICDP programme.

Magdalena Brännström and Valentina Ten have been receiving training online, through webinars with Nicoletta Armstrong and on the 14th of October 2020, they have started their ICDP practical task. The task consists of implementing the ICDP programme with the caregivers that are working at Happy Start. They will be holding weekly meetings together over several months in order to complete the full ICDP programme.

We wish you all the success!


Zoom event in Finland

The chair of the ICDP Finland Association describes the recent meeting.

“Our association hosted a zoom event for ICDP facilitators in Finland, on Tuesday, the 24th of November. There are one hundred and forty-four facilitators in Finland, and twenty-nine facilitators from many corners of the country participated eagerly (plus a few cats and a dog) at the zoom event, sharing their ICDP experiences and inspiring each other.

We spoke of ways to practice sensitivity, playfulness and empathy with children, caregivers, differently abled people, colleagues and others, both when physically present and in remote setting.

Even though we would rather have met each other in real life, the ICDP magic was still tangible in this virtual meeting space”. – Pamela Antila.