b) Identify and implement evaluation of social protection and direct nutrition interventions in Ethiopia
With the aim of drawing lessons on how to maximize the nutrition-sensitivity of social protection interventions, this set of two studies will extend ongoing evaluations of social protection interventions in Ethiopia to more fully encompass nutrition. The impact of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme, the largest social protection program in Sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa, on the nutritional status of preschool-aged children will be analyzed, drawing upon quantitative and qualitative data analysis. A second study will look at the joint impact of behavior change communication and growth monitoring alongside unconditional cash transfers in Tigray, Ethiopia, drawing upon a series of monitoring surveys and workshops. Both studies will look at the impact of the interventions in localities with fragile agro-ecological conditions, in order to draw lessons on nutrition and fragility. These studies, due to be completed in 2014, are being led by John Hoddinott of IFPRI.