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
A new Transform Nutrition paper Reducing stunting in India: what investments are needed? by Rasmi Avula, Neha Raykar, Purnima Menon and Ramanan Laxminarayan is now available. [Read more…]
By Veronica Tuffrey
A review of nutrition surveillance in low-income countries has just been released by the Transform Nutrition research consortium. It describes the use and value of nutrition surveillance for a number of purposes including early warning of malnutrition, to develop and evaluate policies and programmes, and to assess progress towards international development goals for better nutrition.
Nutrition surveillance – the regular and systematic collection of data on nutritional indicators – is a subject most nutritionists perceive to be important but would rather leave others to deal with it. Why? [Read more…]
A new and comprehensive review of Nutrition Surveillance Systems is now available. Its commission by Save the Children was stimulated by the growing need for data on nutrition outcomes to track changes over time and assess the progress of nations towards international development goals – such as the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets.
This review, funded by Transform Nutrition, assesses the use and value of nutrition data for a number of other purposes – including early warning of malnutrition, to guide the development of national and regional policies and programmes, and to evaluate their impact on populations.
The Transform Nutrition research brief Reducing Child Undernutrition: Past Drivers and Priorities for the Post-MDG Era, is now available in Amharic. This briefing summarises a paper by Lisa Smith and Lawrence Haddad which used data from 1970-2012 for 116 countries to investigate the factors that have contributed to past reductions in child undernutrition and identify priorities for the future.
A new research brief from Transform Nutrition Understanding, enabling and building effective leadership in nutrition explores how effective leaders understand the systems which both shape and constrain their action; and are able to translate this understanding into action which spans the boundaries of sectors and disciplinary knowledge.
A new Transform Nutrition paper by Dolf te Lintelo and Rajith Lakshman has been published in World Development Equate and conflate: Political commitment to hunger and undernutrition reduction in five high-burden countries Bangladesh, Nepal, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
A new Evidence Report from IDS is now out Unravelling Commitment? An Empirical Assessment of Political Commitment to Reduce Hunger and Undernutrition in Five High Burden Countries. This study by Dolf te Lintelo and Rajith Lakshman builds on research that has used secondary data to demonstrate that developing countries often have divergent strengths of commitment to hunger reduction and to nutrition.
A new Transform Nutrition research brief is out now which summarises a 2015 paper Reducing Child Undernutrition: Past Drivers and Priorities for the Post-MDG Era, published in World Development. This paper by Lisa Smith and Lawrence Haddad uses data from 1970-2012 for 116 countries to investigate the factors that have contributed to past reductions in child undernutrition and identify priorities for the future. This briefing is also now available in Amharic.