Stories of change in nutrition

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Stories of Change in Nutrition are a series of structured case studies in 6 countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Odisha (India), Ethiopia, Senegal and Zambia. These ‘stories’ aim to improve our understanding of what drives impact in reducing undernutrition, and how enabling environments and pro-nutrition policy and implementation processes can be cultivated and sustained. This work is funded by CIFF and DFID through Transform Nutrition.

What works for nutrition in the real world?

To meet a growing demand for experiential learning, Transform Nutrition developed the Stories of Change (SoC) initiative. The goal was to systematically assess and analyse drivers of change in six high burden countries – Bangladesh, India (Odisha), Ethiopia, Nepal, Senegal, and Zambia – that have had some success in accelerating improvements in nutrition. This synthesis research brief What works in the real world? summarises the lessons learnt across the country studies with a number of key findings.



Odisha, India country brief

This Odisha country brief is a summary of findings from our Stories of Change in Nutrition study.

Despite many challenges, Odisha has demonstrated significant commitment to reducing undernutrition, has expanded nationally sponsored nutrition-specific programmes, and has launched state-led initiatives relevant to improving nutrition. How has Odisha achieved these improvements and what is holding it back from accelerating progress?

Senegal country brief

This Senegal country brief summarises a research study which tells a story to explain the interrelated factors that contributed to Senegal’s reduction in undernutrition.

The hope is that these findings will help to contribute to wider impacts in terms of political commitment and policy coherence for nutrition. The brief is also available in French.

Bangladesh country brief

This Bangladesh country brief is a summary of findings from our Stories of Change in Nutrition study.

There have been remarkable improvements in welfare and human development in Bangladesh in recent years which has helped with improved nutrition for many. However many millions of children in Bangladesh still grow up stunted because of poor nutrition and levels of acute nutrition deficiencies  remain high. What still needs to be done?

Nepal country brief

This Nepal country brief considers how Nepal has transitioned into a global nutrition success story, achieving the fastest reductions in child stunting worldwide. Given the multiple short- and long-term consequences related to undernutrition, learning lessons from Nepal’s success to date in reducing undernutrition is important both for Nepal and for other countries facing similar nutritional challenges.

Zambia country brief

This Zambia county brief is a summary of findings from our Stories of Change in Nutrition study. We aim to understand:

  • what has driven change in stunting over the past fifteen years,
  • nutrition policy process over time in Zambia and assess how certain issues came to the fore;
  • how issues were acted upon at different levels;
  • who and what drove these processes;
  • and how policy and programme changes were received and experienced by communities.