Organized by IFPRI’s Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSPS), this workshop aims to bring together key stakeholders to discuss and debate critical issues related to poverty, hunger, and malnutrition that Bangladesh faces. Technical presentations will center on achieving sustainability in food production, consumption, and nutrition, and building resilience to climate and other shocks, with the aim of identifying knowledge gaps and opportunities for accelerating progress to end hunger and undernutrition in Bangladesh.
Many programs at both the national and regional levels aim to improve the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Governments, researchers, donor agencies, and NGOs have turned to field experiments as an exciting tool to evaluate existing programs and answer key questions in development economics.
This document offers a rationale for scaling up effective nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions to reduce the global burden of child and maternal malnutrition in Asia – South and South-East Asia in particular. Its purpose is to inform practitioners from both fields during the design and implementation of SP programmes by using a nutrition lens. The document reflects on current issues, such as innovations and challenges for future programmes and practical implications for existing programmes in Asia.
Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages people in communities as agents of change. Traditionally, development project ‘beneficiaries’ have rarely been included in researching issues, finding solutions, designing indicators or measuring change. PAR provides a way of changing this, offering an inclusive community-driven approach to development. It is also an effective way of building participatory learning into organisations supporting development and social change.
As a response to the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April and May 2015, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) developed and implemented a large-scale Emergency Cash Transfer Programme (ECTP), in collaboration with the Government of Nepal (GoN). UNICEF provided financial and technical support to the GoN to expand the existing social assistance cash transfer programme in earthquake-affected areas in two phases. UNICEF’s financial support to the GoN for both phases of the cash programme amounted to $26 million.
Increasing numbers of development agencies and individual projects espouse objectives of women’s empowerment, yet there has been little systematic work on mechanisms by which interventions can enhance women’s empowerment. This gap exists because of the lack of consensus on indicators as well as the lack of attention paid to measuring the effects of different types of interventions on empowerment.