Can human-centered design (HCD) improve the nutrition impact of social protection? An exploration of evidence and opportunities


This webinar will explore evidence and opportunities for applying human-centered design (HCD) in nutrition-sensitive social protection programmes, emphasizing the importance of design processes in determining a programme’s potential nutrition impact. This central issue will be examined from four distinct and complementary viewpoints: government social protection administrators, academic impact evaluators, HCD practitioners, and community-level social protection beneficiaries/frontline delivery actors. Following brief overview presentations highlighting the key considerations for each of these viewpoints, a distinguished panel of experts will engage in a moderated discussion to identify the most tractable opportunities to apply HCD in nutrition-sensitive social protection design. A brief Question & Answer session with the panel will follow.

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The webinar has the following major objectives:

  • To highlight the potential relevance of HCD approaches for improving the nutrition impact of social protection programmes
  • To explore diverse actors’ perspectives on the potential utility of HCD for achieving programmes’ nutrition aims
  • To identify quick wins/potential entry points for meaningfully applying HCD as a part of social protection design processes
  • To provide practical insights on HCD approaches and applications that may facilitate awareness and uptake of HCD by social protection system actors



Dr. Daniel Gilligan, Director, Poverty, Gender, & Inclusion, IFPRI

Ms. Sintayehu Demissie Admasu, Head, Food Security Coordination Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Ethiopia

Ms. Angela Hansen, Founder, Food Systems Foresight

Ms. Rachel Chioma Okpara, Cook, Nigeria

Moderator: Dr. Anthony Wenndt, Social Protection Lead, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)