The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index: An introduction

Watch/Listen Again Wednesday 19 February 2014 13:00 to 14:30
IDS Convening Space

How can we create greater government and donor accountability for ending hunger and undernutrition? What is political commitment and how can we measure it?

This seminar will present the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) which ranks governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition. The index was created to provide greater transparency and public accountability by measuring what governments achieve, and where they fail, in addressing hunger and undernutrition.

The HANCI research team will introduce their metric and methods and present the data and findings from the project so far.

Watch our animation for a brief introduction to HANCI.

About the Speakers

Dolf te Lintelo is a Fellow in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team. His research interests concern the political economy of social regulation and the politics of public policy processes; the participation of state and non-state actors in policymaking and implementation; collective action and power in these; and the ways in which public policies and regulation impinge on the livelihoods of the poor. Thematically, Dolf's research has focused on various aspects of food and nutrition, including agriculture; food safety and hygiene; informal food retail (street vending); nutrition and food security. He has recently also worked on youth, and their pathways to economic (dis)empowerment.

Rajith W. D. Lakshman is a Research Officer at IDS and a Research Fellow at Middlesex University, London. He is a financial economist by training with a PhD focused on stock market inter-linkages. His subsequent work, however, has mainly focused on conflict, poverty and development within the specific areas of migration (forced and voluntary) and statelessness. He has experience in working with organizations such as International Labour Organisation, Plan International and UK Home Office, performing research and policy advice work. He has performed quantitative and qualitative analyses of household livelihoods in conflict and disaster affected areas.


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