Self-help groups aid communication, empowerment in India

Women’s groups are increasingly becoming vehicles for social, political, and economic empowerment around the world. In India, self-help groups (SHGs) are the most visible of these, receiving support from NGOs, the government, and even the private sector. Each SHG typically consists of 10-20 poor women who live near each other, meet regularly, and save small >> Read more

In the fight against malnutrition, empower women’s groups first

The transformative role of women’s groups is drawing rising attention around the world. By organizing, women have been able to achieve change within their communities, households, and themselves—despite obstacles such as restrictive gender norms that limit the scope of their decision-making, legal systems that prohibit them from owning property, and domestic responsibilities that limit their >> Read more

A sharp focus needed on tracking intervention coverage and drivers of health and nutrition outcomes to manage progress

The recently launched 2017 Countdown to 2030 report has reported mixed results stating that the 81 Countdown countries have made progress but remain far from universal coverage for most essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition. It presents detailed country and equity profiles on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health for the 81 >> Read more

Can conditional cash transfers improve the uptake of nutrition interventions and household food security? Evidence from Odisha’s Mamata Scheme

While there is considerable global evidence on the efficacy of cash transfers in improving health and nutrition outcomes, the evidence from South Asia, and in particular, India, is limited. Most of the available evidence on India comes from studies on the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), which has been credited with increasing the number of institutional >> Read more

Deploying the Power of Social Protection to Improve Nutrition: What Will It Take?

Despite reasonable economic growth over the past decade or more, the nutritional status of women and children in India continues to be poor. Social protection programmes are ideal vehicles for tackling this problem, and improving the underlying determinants of malnutrition. Not only are they designed to target families at risk of malnutrition, but they are >> Read more

Internal Validity and Reliability of Experience-Based Household Food Security Scales: Evidence from India

At the household-level, food insecurity refers to the inability of a household to acquire or consume adequate quantity and quality of food as a result of inadequate food supplies or lack of resources. As the severity of food insecurity increases, steps taken to cope with it also become intense (e.g., progressing from consuming a less >> Read more

Discussion Paper: The Operational Evidence Base for Delivering Direct Nutrition Interventions in India

This Discussion Paper features results of a desk review (1) to document the extent to which national and civil society/NGO programs in India reflect current technical recommendations for nutrition and (2) assess the operational evidence base for implementing essential interventions for nutrition in the Indian context. A team from IFPRI reviewed the designs of two >> Read more