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Linda Richter

Distinguished Professor
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

Linda Richter (PhD) is a Distinguished Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of more than 450 papers, books, chapters and reports on basic and policy research in child and family development, amongst others, The Importance of Caregiver-Child Interactions for the Survival and Healthy Development of Young Children (WHO, 2004). Linda was the lead author of the 2017 Lancet Series Advancing Early Child Development: From Science to Scale, and is involved in follow-up advocacy and implementation activities related to the main findings and recommendations of the series. She led the development of South Africa’s National Integrated Early Child Development Policy and Programme, adopted by Cabinet in 2015, and is the Principal Investigator of several large-scale, long-term collaborative projects, including Birth to Twenty Plus, a birth cohort study of 3 273 South African children followed up for 28 years.