How Evidence Informs Decision-Making: The Scale-Up of Nutrition Actions Through an Early Childhood Development Platform in Malawi

The Government of Malawi has made nutrition and Early Childhood Development (ECD) a priority.

In conjunction with the government’s commitment to improve nutrition through multisectoral approaches, there have been efforts to study how nutrition actions can be delivered through existing government ECD platforms including preschools known as community-based childcare centers (CBCCs) and parenting groups known as Care Groups. For example, the Nutrition Embedded Evaluation Program Impact Evaluation (NEEP-IE), discussed in this case study, studied the impact of adding an integrated agriculture-nutrition behavior change communication component to an ECD package delivered through CBCCs.

In late 2018, the Government of Malawi committed to scaling-up nutrition actions delivered through their ECD platform. With strong global attention focused on how to scale-up multisectoral actions in nutrition leveraging existing platforms, this case study looks at the enabling factors that informed and led to the government’s decision to scale-up nutrition-sensitive actions through Malawi’s ECD platform.

This case study was prepared as part of SEEMS-Nutrition (Strengthening Economic Evaluation for Multisectoral Strategies for Nutrition)

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