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Dolf te Lintelo - Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader

Cities; Health and Nutrition
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Dolf te Lintelo is a Research Fellow and Co-leader of the Cities Cluster. His research interests concern the politics of public policy processes; the participation of state and non-state actors in policymaking and implementation; and advocacy, collective action and power in these.

Dolf's research explores the governance and micro-political processes shaping formal/informal relationships in cities and the ways in which these affect poverty and wellbeing outcomes. His work includes analysis of: policy and everyday forms of regulation of street vendors in India; the wellbeing of informal workers in urban informal settlements in Bangladesh; and the ways in which modalities of reception in cities in Jordan and Lebanon shape wellbeing outcomes for Syrian refugees and host communities.

Dolf has also led the development of innovative international metrics for government political commitment to address hunger and malnutrition (, working closely with African and South Asian civil society partners to support evidence-based policy advocacy and accountability for nutrition. Additional research interests include the urban nutrition transition, social protection and young people in policy processes.

In partnership with Results for Development and Results ACTION Partnership, the Institute of Development Studies is part of a consortium that aims to build accountability, strengthen policy and foster leadership in nutrition.

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In what ways do regulations, policies and implementation practices affect the wellbeing of Syrian refugees and host communities in urban areas of Lebanon and Jordan? This project reviews and synthesises knowledge on this topic to inform policymakers, donors and humanitarian practitioners.

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Addressing security and inclusion in cities as universal issues, at this side-event we will focus on how well-managed urbanisation can revitalise urban spaces that had either been lost to violence or suffered from a lack of access to basic services and neglect.

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This programme will focus on how agriculture can deliver better nutrition outcomes by developing evidence-based policy options and tools for businesses, governments, NGOs and donors.

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This programme will assess the impact of new interventions and policy options across a range of policy areas.

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HANCI measures and ranks governments’ political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition on an annual basis.

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This study proposes an exploration of the determinants of wellbeing for informal workers living in informal settlements across a diverse set of urbanising localities in Bangladesh and India. We will present empirical evidence on what patterns and gradations of wellbeing success and failure are emerging for women and men engaged in informal work and living in informal settlements.

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IDS and Food Foundation partner with Brazilian researchers to explore mutual learning on food and nutrition security policy, bringing together parliamentarians, civil society and policy actors to discuss best practice.

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Wellbeing and Urban Governance: Who Fails, Survives or Thrives in Informal Settlements in Bangladeshi Cities?

Cities 72. Part B. (2017)

In this paper we present the case for understanding towns and cities in terms of levels of human wellbeing achieved by the people who live in them. More details


Inclusive Urbanisation and Cities in the Twenty-First Century

IDS Evidence Report 220 (2017)

In academic and policy discourse, urbanisation and cities are currently receiving a great deal of attention, and rightly so. Both have been central to the enormous transformation the world has been going through during the past few centuries. More details


What are the Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-level Advocacy for Nutrition?

IDS Policy Briefing 129 (2017)

Over the last decade, policy advocacy has made critical contributions towards the development of nutrition policies, laws and strategies in many countries with high burdens of malnutrition. More details


Multi-level Advocacy for Nutrition

IDS Evidence Report 211 (2016)

Over the past decade, nutrition has received strong global attention as a development problem. Concerted efforts by international donors, philanthropical foundations, national and international non-government organisations and civil society have pushed nutrition further up global and national policy agendas. More details


Assessing the Policy Impact of ‘Indicators’: A Process-Tracing Study of the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI)

IDS Evidence Report 185 (2016)

In recent years, the global literature on reducing hunger and malnutrition has come to view progress as much an outcome of a political process as of (nutrition) technical interventions. Political commitment is now seen as an essential ingredient for bringing food and nutrition security higher up on public policy agendas. More details

Urban wellbeing, mental health and the Syrian refugee crisis

09 Oct 2017
By Dolf te Lintelo, Emma Soye

Urban October 2017: Revisiting the New Urban Agenda one year on

29 Sep 2017
By Dolf te Lintelo, Jaideep Gupte

Introducing a New Partnership for Nutrition Accountability in Africa

11 Oct 2016
By Isatou Jallow, Dolf te Lintelo

SDGs must fight poor nutrition that kills 3 million children each year

30 Sep 2015
By Dolf te Lintelo, Nicholas Nisbett

Urban poverty ‘without an outside’?

28 Oct 2013
By Dolf te Lintelo

Naming, shaming and praising - Introducing HANCI

11 Apr 2013
By Dolf te Lintelo

Thematic Expertise:
Accountability; Agriculture; Children and Youth; Environment; Food Security; Governance; Nutrition; Politics and Power; Social Protection; Urbanisation; Habitat III and New Urban Agenda.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Social Protection; Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation; Reducing Hunger and Undernutrition.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Bangladesh; India; Kenya; Nigeria; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia.