Key documents for the sub-category on nutrition and WASH (old, see new thread)


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We wish to share some materials on nutrition and WASH as well that can be categorized under “Implementation”:

Fit for Food – Working Together for Better Nutrition and Hygiene in Schools in Lao PDR :

In Oudomxay Province, Northern Lao PDR, the Fit for School program has partnered with the World Food Program (WFP) to spread the improvement of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, with a particular focus on the influence of better WASH on nutrition. In 10 schools that receive school lunch support from WFP, the Fit For School approach uses existing structures to improve WASH by focusing on daily group activities, such as handwashing and toothbrushing and implementing routine cleaning schedules to maintain the facilities. GIZ and WFP both bring expertise and funding to achieve the joint objective of improving hygiene practices and nutritional gains in schools.

Low-cost and Healthy Recipes for School Feeding :
This recipe book has been produced to help DepEd ARMM schools implement the School Based Feeding Program. The simple lunch and snack recipes have been developed specifically for the Islamic context of ARMM, with the intention of minimizing the burden on schools to prepare meals for large groups of children. Lunch recipes are based on rice and mung beans, which are easy to procure in bulk and store, in combination with additional local ingredients.

Localized School-Based Feeding Concept: Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao :
This report provides an overview of the pilot experience of the Localized School-Based Feeding Program (LSBFP) that aims to provide the Department of Education and its development partners the insights to an alternative approach to school feeding.

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Hi Mughal,
You wrote: "Since there a number of good publications on WASH-Nutrition, you may like to examine the possibilities of increasing the number of publications to 10 (from 5) - just a modest suggestion."

If you put yourself into the shoes of someone who is totally new to the topic, they would probably appreciate if someone told them "these are the most important 5 documents you should read" (maybe 5 is even too many; perhaps just 3 would be better; but that would be even harder to choose!)

All the other good, interesting and important publications are still accessible as well, by using the search function in the library, e.g. filtering by Working Group 12 as a filter will give you up to 50 preselected publications, and filtering with a keyword search will yield even more (see explanation in the first post of this thread on Page 1).

This exercise is all about "curation" - trying to decide for someone else what they may wish to focus on initially (and then expand later).

Thanks for your suggestion. I just thought I should quickly explain our reasoning behind the "5 key documents".

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Dear Elisabeth,

I can see your point, and also appreciate it.

You say: ". . . who is totally new to the topic," and " . . . they may wish to focus on initially (and then expand later)."

Interesting reasoning. What about those, who are not new to the topic? But, then, the new person may not be able to get the information he is seeking, from the 5 publications.

Since you mention the point of expansion, would it be possible to have 2 lists - one of 5, and the other of 10?

Once again, just a modest suggestion - no big deal :cheer:

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This thread is a "sticky note". It contains a recommendation and orientation for newcomers regarding the recommended top five documents in the thematic area of "Nutrition and WASH", grouped into “policy”, “implementation” and “research”:


1. WaterAid, ACF, SHARE (2017). The Recipe for Success: how policy-makers can integrate water, sanitation and hygiene into actions to end malnutrition.

Based on a country level analysis of the cross-integration of nutrition and WASH in their respective plans and policies, the publication gives specific recommendations to all relevant stakeholders. The key findings of the country level analysis are presented in a rating tool using the colors of a traffic light, which can be applied to other country cases as well.

2. German WASH Network (2017). 2+6=17 Linking WASH and Nutrition – A Blueprint for Living SDG 17.

The publication to a large extent, is based on a survey and interviews with relevant stakeholder groups from both thematic areas, WASH and nutrition. It shows the perceptions of one’s own thematic area and the respective other as well as the expectations towards the different stakeholder groups. The key bottlenecks are identified, their gaps and hindrances are stated and helpful ideas and approaches to overcome them are provided.


3. ACF (2017). WASH’Nutrition – A Practical Guidebook on increasing nutritional impact through integration of WASH and nutrition programmes. For practitioners in humanitarian and development contexts.

The guidebook focuses on mothers and young children as primary target group. It provides practical support along the five pillars of the WASH-Nutrition strategy: “integration”, “mother & child dyad”, “behavior change”, “coordination of stakeholders” and “ensuring a WASH minimum package”. Practical suggestions are made on how to implement linkages of WASH and nutrition at different levels and in humanitarian and development contexts. Practioners are supported with specific methodological resources on the overall process of implementation (programming, identification, formulation, financing, implementation and monitoring, evaluation).

4. UNICEF (2016). Nutrition - WASH Tool kit. Guide for Practical Joint Actions. Nutrition-Water, Sanitatioon and Hygiene (WASH).

The toolkit, originally designed for UNICEF country office staff, describes how to integrate WASH and nutrition at various stages of programing in development contexts. It is also very valid for other organisations’ country teams and can support national and local governments in their planning efforts.. For the integration it is suggested to connect the theory of change with different perspectives, particularly the “helicopter view” and the “road view”. The integration of WASH and nutrition in the humanitarian context is briefly described.


5. Danaei et al. (2016). Risk factors for childhood stunting in 137 developing countries: A comparative risk assessment analysis at global, regional and country level.

Based on country level data from global pooling projects of population health surveys and meta-analyses of epidemiological studies from 137 countries, the article quantifies the independent effects of stunting per region and risk factor. The researchers found “fetal growth restriction”, “unimproved sanitation” and “Diarrhea” to be the leading risks for stunting.

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Dear all,

I moved the selected top readings into a new thread, which is now the new "sticky thread" of this sub-category.
You find it here:

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