Tom Barker is the Senior Nutrition Convenor, Knowledge Services Team

Tom Barker - Senior Health & Nutrition Convenor

Health and Nutrition
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Tom Barker is Senior Health and Nutrition Convenor at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Tom has 14 years' experience working in knowledge brokering, research communication, policy engagement, and parliamentary influencing in the UK health and international development policy arenas. Tom manages a portfolio of health and nutrition projects working in Sub- Saharan Africa and Asia, including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, China, India and Bangladesh.

Previously Tom managed a research knowledge brokering network for the UK National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme; facilitated engagements with the UK Parliament for the NHS Confederation, a membership body for NHS organisations, and ran the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health. Tom has an MSc Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Since the publication of the 2004 World Development Report a range of different attempts have been made to make the design, prioritisation and delivery of health services more accountable to different stakeholders. However, complex politics and power dynamics can limit or skew people's abilities to access services or hold them to account, particularly for poor and marginalized people.

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An evaluation of a programme in Kenya to avert maternal and neonatal deaths through nationwide life saving skills training for health professionals, and integrated health system strengthening in selected counties.

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IDS is working with Health Systems Global (HSG) to develop communications, share messages and engage with its members and the global community.

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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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This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people.

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Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor.

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MQSUN aims to provide DFID with technical services to improve the quality of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programmes. Services will be provided on a call down basis to DFID country offices over a period of four years.

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IDS and AllAfrica have teamed up to produce and distribute compelling multi-media content on critical issues for Africa’s future, as part of a development reporting initiative.

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This study examines the Brazilian National Health System (SUS) in comparison with the National Health Service (NHS) in England, in order to develop proposals for reform towards an effective, universal, quality health system in Brazil.

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IDS publications on international development research

Planning and Costing to Accelerate Actions for Scaling Up Nutrition

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement was launched in 2010 to reinvigorate efforts to address undernutrition globally. It brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to strengthen political commitments and improve accountability by providing a platform for collective action in which governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), businesses, donors and the United Nations can work together. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Report of the WINNN-ORIE Nutrition Stakeholders Engagement Event, 29 April 2014, Abuja

On the morning of Tuesday 29 April 2014, around 70 stakeholders discussed how to tackle undernutrition in Northern Nigeria, including staff from state and federal government, multilateral agencies, Nigerian research institutions, and domestic and international non-governmental organisations. More details

IDS publications on international development research

A Stakeholder Map for Nutrition Policy and Programming in Northern Nigeria

ORIE Research Summary 2 (2013)

This summary highlights key findings from stakeholder mapping carried out to increase understanding of nutrition context, policy and programming in northern Nigeria. More details

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Nutrition Commitment Audit for Nigeria

ORIE Research Summary 1 (2013)

This summary highlights key findings from an NCA designed and applied in Nigeria in 2012 in order to examine national and sub-national level factors influencing the country’s commitment to addressing undernutrition. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Analysing Nutrition Governance in Fragile Contexts: Lessons and Implications

This MQSUN Briefing describes lessons learnt and implications from a MQSUN assignment which main objective was to analyze the research and policy challenges for improving nutrition governance in a context of state fragility. More details

Transforming accountabilities for health

26 Jul 2017
By Karine Gatellier, Tom Barker

DFID should put long term research at the heart of development

10 Nov 2015
By Sara Bennett, David Peters, Abbas Bhuiya, Tom Barker

Tackling barriers to health facility attendance in Northern Nigeria

19 Jun 2015
By Tom Barker, Katherine Pittore

FIFA and the challenge of global governance

05 Jun 2015
By Gerry Bloom, Tom Barker

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Thematic Expertise:
Public Policy; Health; Nutrition; Social Policy.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Future Health Systems; Reducing Hunger and Undernutrition.

Geographic Expertise:
Bangladesh; India; Kenya; Nigeria; Tanzania; Uganda; United Kingdom.