Data Without Dialogue

The undernutrition situation in India is persistent and devastating (Visit the Global Nutrition Report website for India's country profiles). Within India’s decentralised government system there are, however, numerous programmes aimed at addressing the underlying causes of undernutrition. Yet, the extent to which these programmes contribute toward improved nutrition outcomes is dependent on effective leadership at the >> Read more

Undernutrition in India: Is the “Curse” Finally Lifting?

Five years ago Sushila Zeitlyn and I co-edited a collection of papers by Indian authors on why undernutrition was so persistent in India and why the government seemed so disinterested in making tackling it a priority.  At that time the Prime Minister called undernutrition a “curse”.  It must have seemed like that—rapid economic growth and >> Read more

Taking Nutrition Action to the District Level: Identifying Workable Solutions through Cross-Sectoral Dialogue in Unnao District, Uttar Pradesh

As noted in this blog post, POSHAN has been supporting civil society partners in convening nutrition-focused solution-oriented workshops at the district level. This is the first of what will be a set of reports on such workshops across Uttar Pradesh.  Please see our previous blogs on such workshops in Madhya Pradesh (click here).  We will >> Read more

Taking the Nutrition Conversation to the District Level in India: Data Challenges Are Likely to Constrain Multisectoral Action for Nutrition

India, land to millions of undernourished children, has a decentralized governance landscape that requires translation of national policy guidance to state guidelines and resources, and district-level coordination and action to deliver on nutrition. However, little is known about how to motivate and support district leadership and key departmental actors to fulfil their roles in providing leadership >> Read more