Analyzing inter-sectoral convergence to improve child undernutrition in India: Development and application of a framework to examine policies in agriculture, health and nutrition

Analyzing inter-sectoral convergence to improve child undernutrition in India: Development and application of a framework to examine policies in agriculture, health and nutrition

Currently in India, a major challenge in reducing undernutrition is bringing sectors together to deliver for a common goal. In this paper the authors describe a possible framework to enable convergence across sectors for action on nutrition. The framework notes that issues related to convergence must be resolved in relation to three major steps in the policy process: policy formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Although convergence between nutrition and health has long been recognized as a barrier to improving child undernutrition in India, the authors found that actual convergence has been limited and somewhat ineffectual.

The authors postulate that three factors lie at the heart of this incomplete convergence process: failure to include convergence in policy formulation, lack of attention to institutional modifications to facilitate convergence, and lack of monitoring mechanisms to assess convergence of programs on an ongoing basis. Further research is also necessary to trace the factors, related to context, stakeholders, and key implementation and monitoring mechanisms that either facilitate or hamper convergence

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