Getting governments and others to step up to the challenges of undernutrition requires concerted efforts to build commitment, increase responsiveness and to hold these actors to account for their progress or its lack. For the past six years Transform Nutrition has been at the forefront of research and conceptual development on accountability and nutrition. This brief New approaches to accountability in nutrition describes the research, tools and approaches developed by the consortium to build, monitor and increase commitment, responsiveness and accountability in nutrition
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 .
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.
Launched this week, the second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) shows that some countries that have long seen little action in dealing with hunger and undernutrition, are now making significant efforts to tackle these issues. The index, which is partly funded by Transform Nutrition, measures political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition in 45 high burden developing countries, and compares these in terms of policies, laws and spending efforts.
IDS news story on HANCI
Blog by Lawrence Haddad
Blog by Melissa Leach, Director of IDS.
The use of mobile phones may offer innovative opportunities to make nutrition surveillance more effective, timely and credible. This new Research Brief Using mobile phones for nutrition surveillance from Transform Nutrition provides highlights from an evidence review on the impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition surveillance in resource-low settings.
Can an index be constructed to assess governments’ commitment to reduce hunger? A new paper partly funded by Transform Nutrition Measuring the commitment to reduce hunger: A hunger reduction commitment index is now published in Food Policy
How can we create greater government and donor accountability for ending hunger and undernutrition? What is political commitment and how can we measure it?
On Wednesday 19 February 2014 Transform Nutrition held a seminar which presented the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) which ranks governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition. The index was created to provide greater transparency and public accountability by measuring what governments achieve, and where they fail, in addressing hunger and undernutrition. The HANCI research team introduced their metric and methods and present the data and findings from the project so far. You can listen to the seminar again here as it was livestreamed.
Nutrition surveillance is expensive and logistically laborious and therefore often non-existent in resource-low countries. Surveillance systems are also constrained by time-consuming and error-prone paper-based data collection followed by manual data entry. Consequently, monitoring of nutrition outcomes in real time and timely response to nutritional crises is often impossible. This new evidence review Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance by Inka Barnett and Jose V Gallegos, funded by Transform Nutrition, outlines how mobile phone technologies could help to address many of these challenges and offer potential benefits.
To mark World Food Day – when people around the world come together to demand that their governments act to end global hunger – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has published country scorecards based on findings from the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI).