School feeding

This report identifies research on the outcomes of school feeding programmes which are mixed but largely positive. Some programme costs and design considerations are presented which provide lessons for sustainability and affordability. Some cost-benefit analyses are also included and trade-offs discussed. Key points for consideration in programme design include: Geographical targeting. Biscuits are a significantly… Read more




From promises to progress: assessing Nigeria’s nutrition commitments

This briefing reviews aspects of nutrition sector governance, which are supported by the DFID funded programme Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) implemented by UNICEF, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger, in partnership with the Government of Nigeria. This briefing reviews progress at national level and in four of the states that WINNN supports: Jigawa, Kebbi, Katsina, and Zamfara. It outlines… Read more




Researchers from Ahmadu Bello University receive grant for research on long-term outcomes of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme

Every year about one million children under five years of age die in Nigeria. Malnutrition contributes to nearly half of these deaths. The Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme is recognised as a cost-effective way of treating large numbers of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) without needing to admit them to a health… Read more




Team of researchers from Bayero University Kano receives grant to compare feeding practices of mothers of stunted and non-stunted children

In March 2015, a team in the Department of Community Medicine of Bayero University Kano led by Professor Zubairu Iliyasu received a research grant for a new research project to compare the feeding practices of mothers with stunted and non-stunted children. With the grant awarded by ORIE, the research findings will be important in a context in which around half of all… Read more




A review of progress in empowerment of women in rural water management decision-making processes

This paper explores the links between water infrastructure, water policies, processes and protections, along with mechanisms for women’s leadership and decision-making for contributing to rural well-being. The broad-brush strokes approach is our attempt to reveal the breadth and complexity of the interdisciplinary nature of problems, which can only be solved via interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches…. Read more




Will the Sustainable Development Goals lead to a more just, equal world?

The unanimity behind the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed recently by world leaders masks what has been a bruising battle over the past 15 years to put the parameters of ‘aid’ on a more mature footing, where rich and poor nations both have responsibility for the planet’s future. The glue that binds together these… Read more




Inclusion matters: time to be proactively inclusive about disability

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which aims to promote awareness and action around disability inclusion. This year the theme is ‘Inclusion matters’ and a recent GSDRC guide written for development and humanitarian professionals, highlights just how much inclusion matters. Or rather, how much lack of inclusion matters. Disability is not rare…. Read more




Disability inclusion Topic Guide

This topic guide summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the key debates and challenges of disability inclusion in development and humanitarian response. Disability does not necessary imply limited wellbeing and poverty. Yet there is growing evidence that the estimated one billion people with disabilities face attitudinal, physical and institutional barriers that result in… Read more




Local research capacity is essential for the Scaling-Up Nutrition agenda to take off in Nigeria

Delegates at the second SUN Annual Global Gathering in October 2015 called for better use of evidence in policy-making for nutrition, and stronger country-level nutrition data to track progress towards overcoming malnutrition, and to keep governments accountable. The 2015 Global Nutrition Report recognises that governments and donors need to work more closely with researchers to… Read more




Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) South Sudan

In South Sudan the DFID Integrated Case Management Programme (ICCM) was initiated in April 2013 to complement the Global Fund home management of malaria for children under 5 years of age. It allows treatment of additional childhood illnesses including pneumonia, diarrhoea and severe acute malnutrition by community based distributors at the household level. This is… Read more




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