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This online story, published by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, is part of the 'Historical Cases' series. It intends to collect lessons from the past experience of the foundation in Nicaragua from 1981 to 2008.


Learning questions raised by this story include:How can we best take advantage of historical moments in a country to accelerate progress towards scale? How does this factor into our own decision making?How to diversify our partnerships and our approaches (for example, advocacy versus field projects) to ensure continuity throughout inevitable political changes in government?When making plans for scale, is it always desirable to aim for universalisation? Or is it better – from a quality standpoint – to advocate for a more targeted approach to specific populations of children and families?

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