Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes 2017

Monday 17 July 2017 - Friday 21 July 2017 09:00 to 17:00
Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

This five day course is designed for both policy makers and practitioners. The course will lead participants through cutting edge knowledge and evidence on nutrition globally. Using an interactive diagnostic approach, participants will learn to apply such knowledge to specific national or sub-national situations to identify strategic areas for nutrition action. The course is designed to provide a base from which participants can develop their own future leadership for transformational change in nutrition.

"This course provides an excellent overview of global public health nutrition and of key policy developments. For me, it was a great opportunity to update my knowledge on the latest evidence of what works and to meet others working on similar issues. It was also a great opportunity to discuss challenges on the ground and exchange views of how best we can address these. I thoroughly enjoyed the week, including the social events organised by IDS, and felt re-energised by the end of it."

Silke Seco-Grutz, Human Development Adviser, DFID Participant 2012

"It's really quite exciting, learning with people from other countries... what I've realised is that what we really need to look at is what we're doing down there especially making sure we streamline our interventions based on evidence... I have learnt for instance, that water and sanitation has to be child centred. So my intention is to take this kind of evidence back to my programme and realign my own thinking, my own strategic and development plans, to make sure that they orientated based on evidence."

Kabir Aliyu, Director of Primary Health Care, Jigawa State in Nigeria Participant 2015

The Programme will be co-led by Purnima Menon (IFPRI) and Nick Nisbett (IDS). The course convenors will be joined by expert tutors from IDS, IFPRI and other leading organisations in the field, including Lawrence Haddad, Director of GAIN, former co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report and one of the founders of the course, who continues to be a substantial contributor.

Course structure and outcomes

In its sixth year this professional short course has been shaped in response to the positive feedback from previous participants. The five day course will be divided into modules which will take participants through understanding the nature, causes and consequences of malnutrition and exploring ways of addressing malnutrition in all its forms. Individual and group exercises and discussions run throughout the five days and focus on helping participants build a solid understanding of the nutrition situation at a global and country level, learning from exemplars of country-level successes in nutrition, interpreting data and evidence, developing strategy and more.

By the end of the programme the participants will be better able to contribute to accelerating the reduction of undernutrition in their sphere of influence by deepening their understanding of the following concepts and issues:

  • The differences between undernutrition, malnutrition, food insecurity, hunger and hidden hunger
  • The distribution of undernutrition and links to wider forms of malnutrition
  • The causes and consequences of malnutrition
  • What works where in addressing malnutrition and its determinants
  • How to assess what works and why
  • How to contribute to creating an enabling environment for nutrition, from policy to implementation.

Participants will join a growing network of nutrition leaders and champions, joining previous cohorts of the course. Benefits of the network include the opportunity to broaden networks and engage with other alumni members; access to discussion forums and on-line platforms; the opportunity to become an IDS Ambassador or Transform Nutrition Champion; opportunities to meet and learn from alumni network members at local and international events, and mutual learning - via sharing of best practice.

As a network member, participants will be armed with the latest knowledge, a supportive peer network and an appreciation of the tools to bring about change in nutrition policies and programmes.

See the Storify from last year's course


Who is the Programme relevant for?

Participants are expected to be a highly diverse group of policy makers, influencers and practitioners from across the world, coming from governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, media organisations and think tanks.

This course is designed for those who want to accelerate and intensify their own efforts to address malnutrition and influence others in this area. The course is not intended as a course in programme design, but will equip leaders to understand the data and evidence necessary for relevant situational diagnostics and strategic choice-making to craft appropriate policy and programmatic responses to malnutrition.

Course fee

The cost of this 5 day course is £2350. This includes course fees and all materials, lunch, refreshments and local travel within Brighton for the five days of the course, two evening meals and a drinks reception on the final day. It does not include accommodation, travel or insurance.

The Programme Leaders

Nicholas Nisbett is a Senior Research Fellow at IDS, where he co-leads the Health and Nutrition Cluster of researchers and teaches on development and nutrition. He is currently leading work within the DFID supported Transform Nutrition Research Programme Consortium to explore the political economy of nutrition policy and programming in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and has focused on issues of leadership capacity, national policy processes and community accountability. He has also co-led a retrospective study of stunting declines in Maharashtra, India and a multi-methods evaluation of three DFID programmes in Bangladesh combining livelihoods and nutrition specific support.

Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI's Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and is based at IFPRI's Asia office in New Delhi, India. She conducts applied nutrition research in the South Asia region, with a focus on programmes and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition. She directs POSHAN Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), a multi-year initiative to build evidence, partnerships and communications to improve nutrition policy and program actions for nutrition in India. She has worked on programme evaluations in countries as diverse as Haiti, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Ethiopia and Vietnam. She is a member of the independent expert group for the Global Nutrition Report, the Countdown to 2030 coverage measurement group and routinely advises policymakers in diverse contexts.

Other programme convenors usually include leaders in policy and practice from the UN, DFID, IFPRI and IDS.

Apply for this course

Before using the online application form below please read the Terms and Conditions (pdf) first.

The application procedure is a 3-stage process:

  • Stage 1: Deadline for applications is Wednesday 19th April 2017. Applications can only be made by completing the online application form.
  • Stage 2: Applicants will receive the outcome of the review process after 3rd May 2017. Successful applicants will receive the Stage 2 booking form and an invoice for the course fee. Places on the course are not guaranteed until fees have been received
  • Stage 3: Once fees have been received, applicants will be sent confirmation of a place on the course and a letter to support their visa application (if required)

Scholarship from Transform Nutrition Leaders Network

We are offering three funded scholarships for this course. Please note that scholarships are assigned based on a highly competitive process, so if applicants can secure funding from their organisation they will have a better chance of obtaining a place on the course.

Applicants applying for funding need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be from a low or middle income country with a high burden of malnutrition

And be either:

  • Leaders within national, provincial and local government institutions with a remit to tackle malnutrition, for example Departments of Education, Health or Agriculture, on policy formulation or delivery.
  • Staff within civil society organisations; whether those organisations are focused upon programme delivery, research, advocacy or achieving changes in social norms relevant to nutrition.


  • Journalists looking to significantly improve their coverage of nutrition in their own country and beyond.

Part Scholarship for IDS alumni

We are offering one IDS part funded scholarship of 20% of the cost for this course for IDS alumni. Please note that scholarships are assigned based on a highly competitive process, so if applicants can secure full funding from their organisation they will have a better chance of obtaining a place on the course.

Please contact the Course Coordinator Annie Lowden if you have any queries.

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