Inka Barnett

Inka Barnett

Health and Nutrition Cluster Lead

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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Systems Change Evaluation of the Food Culture Alliance

Food is more than a source of nutrients and energy; it plays a significant part in all aspects of human life, including in social interactions, emotions and psychological processes. Food has long been recognised as a powerful vehicle to express one’s identity, culture and lifestyle choices....


UNICEF Zambia Study

To reduce poverty more effectively and at the same time improve the nutrition and health of vulnerable children ( 2 years) and pregnant/breastfeeding women and adolescent girls, the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), with technical support from UNICEF (under the...



Reflections on evaluating the mNutrition programme

For the past five years a consortium of researchers from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Gamos and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have been evaluating the impact of the mNutrition programme. Led by GSMA and supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development...

Inka Barnett
Inka Barnett & 4 others

18 December 2020


Journal Article

Improving Adolescents’ Food Choices: Learnings from the Bhalo Khabo Bhalo Thakbo (“Eat Well, Live Well”) Campaign in Bangladesh

Field Exchange Issue 66

This article details the co-design, implementation and early evaluation results of an initiative for promoting the consumption of nutritious foods in adolescents. The initiative involved school and community activities, social media and celebrity endorsements and a pledge for individual and...

Inka Barnett
Inka Barnett & 6 others

18 November 2021


External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and Health in Tanzania: Qualitative Follow-up Study Report

This endline report presents the findings of the third and final round of qualitative data collection conducted in March 2019. Data collection was carried out by OPM Tanzania, in close coordination with the IDS qualitative team led by Dr Inka Barnett. This report is narrower in scope than the...

Inka Barnett
Inka Barnett & 4 others

5 October 2020

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...