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.

Back to the storyboard

by Stuart Gillespie

What knowledge is needed to ride a bike? Is it enough to have a manual?  Of course not… you need to get on the bike, fall off, get back on again… and eventually you’ll figure it out. The manual may provide information on “what” to do, but knowledge of “how” to do it is tacit knowledge that can only be acquired from experience.  This important distinction was made in “The Concept of Mind” (1949) by Gilbert Ryle, a British philosopher – between “knowing that” and “knowing how”. In nutrition, as in many development arenas, we have a wealth of knowledge products (guidelines, toolkits, checklists) that focus on “what to do” but not enough documented experience of attempts (some successful) of how to do it. [Read more...]

Stories of Change in Nutrition – a special issue

This special issue offers all sides of the nutrition story, by shedding a light on how countries have scaled up their fight against malnutrition, thus inspiring others” Gerda Verburg Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator

Stories, building on those presented in this issue, will help lead the way toward results at scale and the end of malnutrition.” Georgina Fekete, Director – Saving Lives, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), UK

To meet the growing demand from many countries for experiential learning about what works in Nutrition, Stories of Change sought 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.

Bringing all of this work together for the first time a special Stories of Change issue of Global Food Security is now available, edited by Stuart Gillespie, Mara van den bold, Purnima Menon and Nicholas Nisbett. [Read more...]

What works to improve nutrition? Success stories and lessons learned from six countries

Stories of Change in Nutrition hosted a symposium at the Micronutrient Forum on Sunday 23rd October 2016.

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We were delighted to see over 50 people in the room including representatives from SUN, NGOs, research organisations and donors for our symposium at the Micronutrient Forum. This interesting and interactive session had an invited panel to present and discuss the ‘Stories of Change in Nutrition’ project which has been funded by CIFF and DFID. [Read more...]

Stories of Change in Nutrition at the Micronutrient Forum 2016, Cancun

What works to improve nutrition? Success stories and lessons learned from six countries

Please join our high level panel on Sunday 23 October for an interesting and interactive session to discuss the Stories of Change in Nutrition project. This project aims to support experiential learning on how to address the challenge of undernutrition in different contexts. We have investigated what has worked, what hasn’t, why and how to help countries learn from each other, and share ideas and approaches.

When: Sunday 23 October 14.00–15.30

Where: Cozumel 2, Cancun International Convention Center

•• Stories of Change in Nutrition: a brief introduction (Stuart Gillespie)
••Drivers of change in nutrition in Senegal: the critical role of political institutions (Rahul Rawat)
•• Stories of change in nutrition in Zambia (Jody Harris)
•• Insights on scaling-up delivery of health and nutrition interventions from a 25-year retrospective analysis of Odisha (Rasmi Avula)
••Championing nutrition: effective leadership for action (Namukolo Covic)
•• Stories of Change in Nutrition: what have we learnt? (Stuart Gillespie)
•• Strengthening nutrition governance: lessons from REACH approach in eight countries (Jess Fanzo)

Please register for this free event for conference participants on eventbrite

Stories of Change in Nutrition outputs and events.

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.