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Mother's Spending Decisions, Ethnicity and Child Malnutrition in Ghana

"I argue in this policy brief that the relationship between ethnicity and the mother’s role in child nutrition is either direct or indirect, depending on the nature of cultural practices. Thus, in a setting with cultural practices such as food taboo…

Poverty and the Anthropometric Status of Children: A Comparative Analysis of Rural and Urban Households in Togo

"The aim of this study is thus to model and estimate the determinants of child malnutrition in Togo according to their area of residence. Specifically, the study measures and analyses the nutritional status of children, and assesses the impact of t…

Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics in Ethiopia: How do they differ from Consumption-based Poverty Dynamics?

Poverty can take many different forms, ranging widely over dimensions both monetary, such as consumption or income, and non monetary, such as health and education. One large class of non monetary measures of poverty is the multidimensional poverty i…

Dynamics of Wasting and Underweight in Ethiopian Children

In Ethiopia, 9.7 percent of rural and 28.7 percent of small-town children are wasted and underweight, and under nutrition is responsible for a large percentage of childhood deaths. We use two waves of panel data, from the 2012 and 2014 Ethiopia Soci…

The Influence of Women Empowerment on Child Nutrition in Rural Nigeria

In Nigeria, the low status of women and inflexible gender gaps contribute to weak dietary diversity and chronic child malnutrition. Child malnutrition is persistent, despite several interventions which fail to capture the need to empower women to im…

COVID-19: Are We Asking the Right Questions about ... Reopening Schools?

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on education systems around the world. It represents what the World Bank calls “the largest simultaneous shock to all education systems in our lifetimes”. The latest figures show that nearly 1.2 billi…

Explaining the Decline in Child Stunting in Malawi between 2010 and 2015

In 1992, the prevalence of stunting among under five children was 49%. In 2000, 2004 and 2010, the prevalence of stunting remained persistently high at 48%, 48% and 47%, respectively. However, this dropped dramatically to 37% in 2016, and led to con…

Cost-benefit Analysis of Interventions to Reduce the Prevalence of Stunting in Malawi - Technical Report

The nutrition response in Malawi reflects the holistic and multi-sectoral nature of the issue. The focus of this research paper is on one aspect, namely a section of frontline workers - specifically HSAs and CDAs. The rationale for focusing on HSAs…

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