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