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Inka Barnett

Research Fellow

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.

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Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.

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Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) is an international research partnership. We are working together to discover how agriculture and food-related interventions can be better designed to improve nutrition, particularly for children and adolescent girls.




Mobile Phones, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Ghana: Qualitative Midline Study Report, External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa and South Asia

Study Report

This midline report presents the findings of the second round of qualitative data collection conducted in March 2018. Data collection was carried out by Participatory Development Associates (PDA) in close coordination with the IDS qualitative team led by Dr Inka Barnett. The qualitative midline...

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Inka Barnett & 4 others

1 February 2019


Ghana Mixed Methods Baseline Report, External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-Based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa and South Asia

This report summarises and integrates the key findings from the initial data collection round of each evaluation component carried out between October 2016 and January 2017. This report takes a theory-based approach and makes explicit use of the mNutrition theory of change (ToC) to structure...

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Inka Barnett & 10 others

1 February 2019

Inka Barnett’s recent work



Cities have a distinctive role in development processes: they are focal points for economic growth, jobs and innovation but also for poverty, inequality, vulnerability and conflict. Although we can learn from historical processes of urbanisation, there are many new development elements...


Digital and Technology

Advancing knowledge, shaping policy and inspiring practice on digital development is critical to achieving the Institute of Development Studies’ vision of reducing inequalities, accelerating sustainability, and building secure and inclusive societies. The digital revolution has ushered in...