The DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh (Phase II) aims to improve nutritional outcomes for children, mothers and adolescent girls through trialling the introduction of a range of nutrition-specific (direct) interventions as part of three existing nutrition-sensitive (indirect) livelihood support programmes that target extreme poor communities.
These programmes are: the Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP); the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme (EEP, also known as ‘Shiree’) and the Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Programme (UPPR).
Alongside this Programme, under the ‘Maximising the Quality of Scaling up Nutrition’ (MQSUN) consortium framework led by PATH, DFID has commissioned an in-depth mixed methods impact evaluation to assess the programmes’ effectiveness and lasting impacts.
The evaluation is being led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) together with partners based at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), ITAD and Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS), each of whom is leading on and/or contributing to various evaluation components. The project started in May 2013 and final results are anticipated in mid-2016.