Evaluating the costs of the school nutrition project in Bangladesh

Evaluating the costs of the school nutrition project in Bangladesh

School health and nutrition programmes provide the foundation for children’s physical, cognitive and educational development. The purpose of this analysis is to examine the Dubai Cares/GAIN-Assisted School Nutrition Project in Bangladesh.

The findings of the paper highlight how the intended project provides an example of an innovative school feeding model, combining emphasis on high quality meals service delivery with strong community engagement. Yet, questions remain as to whether this start-up investment is a model related constraint, and how would support costs vary over longer project lifetime. In this respect, the document suggests that sizeable support investments would be tailed-off as the project mature, though a more detailed analysis of these issues is warranted. Still, the authors identify a number of follow-up analytical activities. These encompass modelling support cost structure as programme matures, including a cost analysis within annual programme monitoring activities and understanding emerging value chain development opportunities.

Equally important, the document reviews the cluster kitchen model in the context of the project; however, it demonstrates important trade-offs in terms of the model vis-à-vis other implementation models, including issues of resource intensiveness, economies of scale and quality control. Nonetheless, the document underlines that quantifying these trade-offs within the operational performance benchmarking framework developed in the paper is an opportunity for further work.