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

Cities; Health and Nutrition
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Dr Dolf te Lintelo is a Research Fellow and Co-leader of the Cities Cluster. His research interests concerns 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. His work has had a substantial focus on, but is not limited to urban and peri-urban informal economies.

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.

Dolf has worked extensively in India, and has further conducted research, consultancies and trainings in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania (Zanzibar) and Zambia. Prior to joining IDS, Dolf conducted research and advisory work and taught under and postgraduate students at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia. As a researcher at Imperial College London and the University of Twente (Netherlands), Dolf carried out overseas environmental and social scientific collaborative research.

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

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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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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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Four years on from Irish Aid's landmark Hunger Task Force Report, hunger reduction remains an enormous challenge. This will become more difficult in the context of resource scarcity, climate change, and an increased demand for food in the emerging economies.

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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

This is the cover to 'Employing Evidence in Policy Advocacy to Mobilise Parliamentarians on Nutrition in Tanzania: Some Lessons from the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI)'.

Employing Evidence in Policy Advocacy to Mobilise Parliamentarians on Nutrition in Tanzania: Some Lessons from the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI)

HANCI Case Study (2015)

This case study shares experiences from a collaboration between Partnership for Action on Nutrition in Tanzania (PANITA) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, UK), using HANCI evidence to support policy advocacy with the Tanzanian Parliamentary Group for Nutrition, Food Security and Child Rights (PG-NFSCR). More details


The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI 2014): Measuring the Political Commitment to Reduce Hunger and Undernutrition in Developing Countries

IDS Evidence Report 150 (2015)

This report presents the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2014. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Informal Work and Wellbeing in Urban South Asia: Who Succeeds, Who Fails and Under What Conditions?

This study sets out to explore the associational relationships between a variety of institutional conditions and the wellbeing outcomes for informal workers living in informal settlements in Bangladesh and India. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Working Paper 460, 'Evaluating the Targeting Effectiveness of Social Transfers: A Literature Review'.

Evaluating the Targeting Effectiveness of Social Transfers: A Literature Review

IDS Working Paper 460 (2015)

Many methodologies exist for dividing a population into those who are classified as eligible for social transfers and those who are ineligible. Popular targeting mechanisms include means testing, proxy means tests, categorical, geographic, community-based, and self-selection. More details

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:
Agriculture; Children and Youth; Environment; Food Security; Governance; Nutrition; Vulnerability Hunger and Nutrition; Politics and Power; Social Protection; Social Protection; Urbanisation.

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.