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Project

External evaluation of mobile phone technology based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Africa and South Asia (mNutrition)

mNutrition is a global initiative supported by DFID, organised by GSMA, and implemented by in-country Mobile Network Operators to use mobile technology to raise the health and nutritional status of children and adults in the developing world. Through business and science partnerships, mNutrition aims to build sustainable business models for the delivery of mobile phone technology based advisory services that are effective in improving nutrition outcomes.

The potential to utilise mobile technology to change attitudes, knowledge, behaviors and practices around health and agriculture for improved nutrition status has been recognised for some time, but to date there have been no rigorous evaluations of m-services at scale.

Under DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement administered by OPM, IDS is part of a consortium of researchers that is conducting a rigorous mixed methods evaluation to estimate the impact of mNutrition in two selected countries (Ghana and Tanzania), with particular attention paid to gender and poverty issues.

Key contacts

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Jessica Gordon

Nutrition Evaluation Programme Manager

j.gordon@ids.ac.uk

+44 (0)1273 915748

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Sophie Marsden

Health Programmes Officer

s.marsden@ids.ac.uk

Project details

start date
1 September 2014
value
£0

Partners

About this project

Research themes
Health

Recent work

Report

The Tanzania Mixed Methods Baseline Report – Executive Summary

In Tanzania, mNutrition is implemented through the ‘Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby’ (HPHB) SMS (text messaging) programme, which is part of the Wazazi Nipendeni mHealth platform (WN). The programme is run by the mHealth Tanzania public-private partnership, which was initiated in 2012 by...

15 February 2019

Report

The Ghana Mixed Methods Baseline Report – Executive Summary

This short 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. We use the mNutrition theory of change (ToC) to examine the assumptions about causal links between outcomes and...

15 February 2019

Report

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

Report

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

Report

Tanzania 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 & 9 others

1 February 2019

News

World Food Prize 2018 awarded to former IDS Director

IDS would like to congratulate Drs Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro for winning the 2018 World Food Prize. Their work has had a significant impact on improving mother and children’s nutrition in the child’s first 1000 days of life and contributed to the reduction in levels of stunting in...

18 October 2018