Using evidence to inspire action
Undernutrition is the underlying cause of death for 2.6 million children a year; a third of all child deaths. Transform Nutrition is a consortium of international research partners. Using research-based evidence we aim to inspire effective action to address undernutrition. Find out what we do.
Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition, but there have been very few systematic studies of what supports or constrains leadership in nutrition. A new IDS Working Paper by Nisbett, N., Wach, E., Haddad, L., and Shams, E.L. has just been published on what supports or constrains effective leadership in nutrition. It is based on a 4 country set of interviews by Transform Nutrition .
A new (open access) paper in World Development Why Worry About the Politics of Childhood Undernutrition? by Nicholas Nisbett (pictured), Stuart Gillespie, Jody Harris and Lawrence Haddad is now out. In it the authors argue that nutrition is inherently political.
Read Lawrence Haddad's blog about the paper
Lawrence Haddad blogs about this years nutrition summer school at IDS. There were about 30 participants from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas including national policymakers, programme managers, UN agencies, donors and researchers --all learning together. He notes that the focus of the participants has changed since the course was first run in 2012. Back then it was about getting someone to pay attention to nutrition. Now it is about delivering under their gaze.
The use of mobile phone technology may offer innovative opportunities to tackle persistently high levels of child undernutrition. This new evidence report, Designing a mixed-method impact evaluation for a mobile phone application for nutrition service delivery in Indonesia, partly funded by Transform Nutrition, sets out to rigorously evaluate the piloting of a mobile phone application for nutrition service delivery, including community-based growth monitoring and nutrition counselling.
This evaluation study is a collaborative project between the Institute of Development Studies and World Vision.