Assessing the Impact of Conflict and the Effects of WFP Humanitarian Interventions on Moderate Acute Malnutrition and Other Developmental Outcomes in Mali

This project is a multidisciplinary research partnership involving IFPRI, PCD, IDS and WFP which builds on a unique pre-crises baseline conducted in early 2012 to provide rigorous evidence for policymakers on the effects of humanitarian interventions by WFP on child malnutrition in in Mali.

The research is carried out in the original setting of a cluster randomised trial, where the study population included a sample of approximately 2,700 households from the general population living in 116 villages in 58 food insecure communes – with different degrees of exposure to conflict and humanitarian assistance within the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro and Mopti.

The baseline includes a very rich data set covering nutrition, health, education, cognition, income, consumption and other socio-economic characteristics. The evaluation includes a large scale survey involving the same households in the baseline to be re-interviewed after four years in 2016 to build a panel of observations to estimate potential causal effects. The research employs a mixed- method approach consisting of two main steps:

  1. An exploratory component aimed at generating descriptive information on the conflict and the interventions and formulating hypotheses; and
  2. An explanatory component, which tests specific hypotheses related to the impact of conflict on dimensions of well-being, particularly health.

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start date
1 April 2016
end date
30 September 2017


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Recent work


A Micro-Level Perspective on the Relationships between Presence of Armed Groups, Armed Conflict Violence, and Access to Aid in Mopti, Mali

IFPRI Discussion Paper 1844

This paper exploits a unique panel dataset of households in Mopti whose baseline was collected in January 2012, just prior to the outset of the civil war in Mali. The follow-up survey was implemented in January 2017, in the midst of a rapidly intensifying armed conflict in the region. This...

18 June 2019