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Are there any studies that show impact of multi-sectoral programmes?

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Anonymous 24

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14 May 2018, 15:20

Is anyone aware of any studies that demonstrate impact at population level by multi-sectoral programmes aiming to reduce malnutrition?

Jules Yulu Mukengela


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14 May 2018, 21:24

There are various field studies carried out by humanitarian organizations such as ACF, ICRC as part of the integrated approach to nutrition-cash and water, hygiene and sanitation as part of prevention to reduce the rate of malnutrition. The results of which were published in Dakar in the presence of humanitarian organizations, research institutions, government institutions and agencies of the United Nations system giving the results of each of the three components of the intregrated approach within the multisectoral framework.

Yvonette Serrano Duque, MD


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15 May 2018, 09:53

Not very much but was highlighted in several Good Practices and Lessons Learned initiatives in areas where PD Hearth have been implemented in the Philippines.

Sabine Triemer

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15 May 2018, 10:00

This study by Patrick Webb is not new (2011), but still interesting as it shows that a multi-sectoral approach has led to the reduction of stunting in the target villages in Malawi.

Jan Eijkenaar


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15 May 2018, 10:08

Hi Tamsin,

Perhaps you're already aware of the following two? I hope this is helpful.

WHICH KINDS OF SOCIAL SAFETY NET TRANSFERS WORK BEST FOR THE ULTRA POOR IN BANGLADESH? Akhter U. Ahmed, John F. Hoddinott, Shalini Roy, Esha Sraboni, Wahidur R. Quabili, Amy Margolies. February 2016.

Preventing Acute Malnutrition among Young Children in Crises: A Prospective Intervention Study in Niger. Céline Langendorf, Thomas Roederer, Saskia de Pee, Denise Brown, Stéphane Doyon, Abdoul-Aziz Mamaty, Lynda W.-M. Touré, Mahamane L. Manzo, Rebecca F. Grais. September 2014.

Best regards, Jan.

Lovely Amin

Nutrition Advisor

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15 May 2018, 10:16

The Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project was a partnership between Concern Worldwide, Mumbwa Child Development Agency (MCDA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), aiming to design, implement and evaluate a model of multi-sectoral integration of interventions to reduce the prevalence of chronic malnutrition in Mumbwa district, in the Central Province of Zambia.

This project report/evaluation report showed impact on nutrition indicators.

Jan Eijkenaar


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15 May 2018, 11:53

Hi Tamsin,

Perhaps also this report:

Cash Transfers, Nutrition and Household Well-Being in Niger. Jenny Aker, Marc Nene. Tufts University, June 2012.

Best, Jan.

Stuart Gillespie


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15 May 2018, 12:19

The Stories of Change initiative was intended to shed light on this question, bearing in mind it would always be extremely difficult to "demonstrate impact" of multi-sectoral programming. these studies were published in a special issue of Global Food Security and more content can be found on the Transform Nutrition website:

best, Stuart

Regine Kopplow

Sen. Adv. FNS Concern Worldwide

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18 May 2018, 07:59

As Lovely already mentioned Concern Worldwide and IFPRI implemented and conducted research on a multi-sectoral nutrition programme in Zambia called 'Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN)' linking agriculture, nutrition and gender in a randomised control study. Unfortunately we were not able to reduce stunting as a result of combine agriculture, nutrition and gender support to female farmers but a number of other nutrition related indicators improved and a lot of learning has been generated. Concern in Zambia used all this for the follow on project 'RAIN+ and in similar nutrition sensitive projects in other countries'. For RAIN and RAIN+ there are various documents available on Concern's RAIN website documenting the project and the research outline, the findings and the key learning.

Anonymous 24

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20 Jun 2018, 12:12

Thank you very much for all the responses to this post.

Giorgio Cortassa would also like to share a multi-sector nutrition study conducted in Kandahar Province of Afghanistan in 2017.

It is available on through the following link:

If you have any trouble accessing the study, please contact and we can share the document.

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