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How Quality Child Care Is Changing Lives for Women and Children in Kenya



This week we highlight FP’s newest limited series: Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, or HER♀ for short.

As FP Analytics highlights in its new report, “Elevating Gender Equality in COVID-19 Economic Recovery,” there’s a dire global child care shortage, which the pandemic only worsened. But increasing COVID-19 recovery plan investments in care work—especially the child care sector—would deliver greater and more sustainable stimulus than other measures, such as construction-oriented funding. Still, even if more governments better support the care sector, how does one launch high-quality, affordable child care centers in the near future?

On the premiere episode of HER♀, host Reena Ninan speaks with Kidogo Founder Sabrina Habib about how she created a new approach to franchising affordable child care centers that has changed the lives of low-income mothers and female day care owners in Kenya. In the episode, Habib describes how almost stepping on a baby in a day care center was a “moment of obligation” for her to make a difference. Then, Ninan hears about the state of early childhood development in Kenya from African Population and Health Research Center associate research scientist Patricia Wekulo.

About Foreign Policy Playlist:  Each week, Foreign Policy’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem will recommend one podcast from around the world and play an excerpt.  The curated show is designed to help listeners interested in the things we are—great stories, compelling interviews, and cogent analysis on international affairs—sort through the overwhelming variety of podcasts out there and find the best ones. And occasionally you’ll hear audio from our own newsroom.  FP Playlist replaces our flagship podcast First Person. You can download a new episode each Wednesday on Apple, Spotify, and all the other usual places. Love podcasts just as much as we do? Wed love to feature your favorite foreign-policy podcasts on Foreign Policy Playlist. Reach out to us by clicking on the link here.  See All Episodes


More Foreign Policy Playlist episodes:

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Foreign Policy recommends PassBlue’s podcast UN-Scripted.

What HIMARS in Ukraine Tells Us About International Law

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FP Live: How Will the Russia-Ukraine Conflict Change Europe?

A conversation with Fiona Hill.

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