The authors gratefully acknowledge the generous advice of Ashi K. Kathuria, Meera Shekar, Mohini Kak, Sunil Babu, Sridhar Srikantiah and V. Ramesh Babu. The findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in this article are entirely those of the authors and should not be attributed in any manner to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Government of India, or the World Bank, its affiliated organisations or members of its Board of Executive Directors or the countries they represent.
Monitoring for Nutrition Results in ICDS: Translating Vision into Action
Article first published online: 2 JUL 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © Institute of Development Studies
Special Issue: Lifting the curse: overcoming persistent undernutrition in India
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 70–77, July 2009
How to Cite
Adhikari, S. K. and Bredenkamp, C. (2009), Monitoring for Nutrition Results in ICDS: Translating Vision into Action. IDS Bulletin, 40: 70–77. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2009.00061.x
- Issue published online: 2 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 2 JUL 2009
This article focuses on the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), India's largest nutrition and early child development programme. It describes the political, organisational and technical challenges to building and sustaining an outcomes-oriented approach to nutrition monitoring in India. We show that the environment is conducive to strengthening nutrition programme monitoring and evaluation. Political commitment is growing, financial allocations have increased and there have been a number of reforms to strengthen the ICDS monitoring systems, but weaknesses remain. The article analyses seven technical challenges to improving the outcomes-orientation of ICDS and suggests steps that could be taken to improve monitoring.