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Inka Barnett - Research Fellow

Health and Nutrition; Cities; Digital and Technology
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Biography Inka is a nutritionist (LSHTM) and epidemiologist (University of Cambridge) with over 9 years of experience in global health and nutrition research projects in Asia and Africa. She has extensive experience in designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research studies and impact evaluations of development interventions. Her key research interests have been the use of ICTs for nutrition surveillance/real-time monitoring and behaviour change interventions.

She is currently leading several impact evaluations on the use of mobile phone technology for nutrition service delivery including an evaluation on real time nutrition monitoring for DFID’s Accountable Grant and rapid nutrition surveys for CIFF. She is Co-principal Investigator of a multi-country impact evaluation of the DFID/GSMA’s m-Nutrition initiative, a mobile phone technology based advisory service aiming to improve child nutrition in Africa and South Asia. Inka is also leading the qualitative stream of the Impact Evaluation of DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh and is conducting research on the linkages between nutrition and agriculture within the LANSA consortium.

Inka convenes the Impact Evaluation module for the the IDS MA programme and teaches in the short courses organised by the Transform Nutrition consortium.

It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD). In turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Economic strengthening through comprehensive social protection may offer a 'double boon': it can improve ECD in the short-term and reduce poverty in the long-run.

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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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The project aims to assess when, where, how amd why mobile phone technology might enable more effective and credible real-time monitoring of nutrition

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The project will focus on the growing importance of real-time data and in particular how digital tools can be used to generate information in support of more adaptive, contextually relevant, decision-making and programme management and implementation

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The DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh aims to improve nutrition outcomes for children, mothers and adolescent girls by integrating the delivery of a number of nutrition specific (or direct) interventions with livelihood support provided to extremely poor people by three existing programmes in Bangladesh.

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UNICEF and IDS are collaborating to undertake an in-depth analysis of the factors that may have led to the 16% decline in child stunting in Maharashtra evidenced in surveys covering the period 2006-2012.

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mNutrition is a global initiative supported by DFID, organised by GSMA, and implemented by in-country Mobile Network Operators to use mobile technology to raise the health and nutritional status of children and adults in the developing world.

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ER79 Front Cover

Designing a Mixed-Method Impact Evaluation for a Mobile Phone Application for Nutrition Service Delivery in Indonesia

IDS Evidence Report 79 (2014)

Child undernutrition remains one of the most devastating realities in many parts of the world. The use of mobile phone technology may offer innovative opportunities to tackle persistently high levels of child undernutrition. More details

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Mobile Phones for Real-time Nutrition Surveillance: Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities for Data Presentation and Dissemination

IDS Evidence Report 75 (2014)

Child undernutrition remains devastatingly high in many low- and middle-income countries Poor nutrition in early childhood (often combined with ill health) has been shown to increase the risk for early mortality, can have long-term and often irreversible effects on physical growth, cognitive and social development, and increases susceptibility to non-communicable diseases in adulthood More details

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Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence

IDS Evidence Report 1 (2013)

Nutrition surveillance – or the systematic and periodic collection of information on nutrition – is vital to the capacity of governments and other agencies to track their progress towards reducing undernutrition, to promoting the accountability of their actions and to improving their ability to respond promptly to rapid changes in nutrition status brought about by food price volatility and other shocks. More details

Non-IDS publication

The Experience of Physical Activity and the Transition to Retirement: A Systematic Review and Integrative Synthesis of Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 97.9 (2012)

The transition to retirement has been recognised as a critical turning point for physical activity (PA). In an earlier systematic review of quantitative studies, retirement was found to be associated with an increase in recreational PA but with a decrease in PA among retirees from lower occupational groups. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Cohort Profile: Young Lives a Cohort Study on Childhood Poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam

International Journal of Epidemiology 5.5 (2012)

Young Lives is an international longitudinal study investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty in four low-income countries Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam over a 15-year period. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Children and Youth; Food Security; Health; Digital technologies and ICTs; Nutrition; Poverty.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Development Impact; Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia; Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation; Transform Nutrition.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; South East Asia; Sub Saharan Africa.