Senior Program Officer Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Humanitarian and development programs can improve health, nutrition and well-being outcomes across the lifecycle. For example, these types of programs can be leveraged to prevent and reduce malnutrition in all its forms through multiple pathways such as improving diets, reducing disease exposure and burden, improving schooling outcomes, increasing income, resilience and equity. However, progress has been slow in harnessing this potential in part, due to a lack of clear models and guidance on how to integrate nutrition across sectors. The Critical Link symposium will highlight global gaps, current efforts and challenges in nutrition-sensitive programming and evaluation. Presentations will illustrate the requirements and opportunities for making programs nutrition-sensitive, how to build strong multi-sectoral partnerships to improve programming and to understand what works, how and where. To contextualize these points, a program case study and associated evaluation will be presented. The presenters will discuss the processes undertaken to improve the effectiveness of the program for nutrition, the rigorous evaluation design being used to assess program successes and challenges and how these results can be used to inform programs and policies at the national level.